Thursday, May 23, 2013

Old Sport

The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books, so naturally I was ecstatic when I heard they were making it into a movie. That excitement grew even more when I heard Leonardo DiCaprio was to play Gatsby. This joy was quickly crushed when the release date was pushed back from Christmas so as not to compete with Les Mis (a complete mistake, there is a reason the movie is called the miserables). Then the release date was such bad timely. So needless to say my anticipation for this film was escalating to unhealthy proportions.

Finally I went to go see it last night with my family and I have to say it certainly lived up to my hype. The rest of my family disagreed, but I thought it was fabulously done.

I don't want to ruin it for anyone who might not be familiar with the story (seriously though if you haven't read it you should go reevaluate your life) so I will simply say that it was a beautifully done over the top spectacle. Leo played Gatsby to his full glory and made me fall in love with the story all over again.  

My one and only criticism of the film is that they should have included Jay Z and Alicia Keys' song Empire State of Mind. I think it was an overlooked, obvious choice that should have been included.

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