That awkward Moment when: I didn’t really like The Great Gatsby

May 20, 2013

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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  • Reply Charlene May 20, 2013 at 9:43 am

    The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite books so I am hesitant to go watch this. So many people are complaining that it is far too over he top and even boring in some parts. I am undecided about going to see it. Might wait for it to come out on DSTV’s box office

    • Reply zaamissbowtie May 27, 2013 at 9:16 am

      I completely agree with you. That’s how I felt as well. Did you end up seeing it?

      • Reply Charlene May 28, 2013 at 9:41 pm

        I still haven’t gone. Decided to wait for it to come out on DVD.

  • Reply Odette J May 26, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I’ve also heard a few people complain about it, but I still want to watch it. Moulin Rouge is one of my favourite films, I hope I’m not disappointed as well.

    • Reply zaamissbowtie May 27, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Same Here. I am absolutely in love with Moulin Rouge, but The Great Gatsby, not so much 🙁 let me know what you think of it!

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