I almost feel like I’m being blasphemous. I mean who couldn’t like one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2013? I couldn’t. It really disappointed me. Now I’m not saying the whole thing went to crap, but there were some incredibly beautiful scenes next to some that just dragged on. Also, the whole thing came across a little disjointed to me.
So you’ll ask me – Have you even read the book? And I have. I read the book at school (which wasn’t very long ago) and re-read it last year in anticipation of the movie. Yes, Bax Lurhman really tried to keep to the story but that was about it.
Then there was the soundtrack. I am in love with the classics and what I really wanted to see from The Great Gatsby was a modern take on the frivolous 2os. What we got was a hip-hop infused party scene. Does modern have to mean hip-hop undertones? There’s a whole genre dedicated to dance classics called Electro Swing. Nevertheless there were a few gems like Lana Del Rey and Emeli Sande on the OST.
I just felt ambushed by everything and the 3D medium didn’t help.
The real issue is, I expected Moulin Rouge but really got a movie that’s petty average. Baz, how about you go back in time and pick someone else to do the soundtrack as well?
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