I’m back from the movies and let me tell you: I’m still in shock and my brain is still wrapped around a champagne glass somewhere in the middle of the film…
My eyes and ears and emotions were heavily bombed with impressions, pictures and observations for the last two and a half hours. I enjoyed myself and I got sucked into the dizziness right from the start.
The Great Gatsby was directed by Luz Luhrmann, the same director did a remake of “Romeo & Juliet” in 1996 (with Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo, back then). I don’t know how many of you have seen that film, but I have. A lot of things came to my mind during “The Great Gatsby”, characteristics so to speak, which are Luhrmann’s signature in a way: the literal “sign of god”, the shining light, the seperated couple, a broken love, crazy colourful parties including dragqueens, a crazy musician; and all of this underlined with extreme loud, modern music - the whole soundtrack was perfectly produced by Jay Z himself.
But what stood out in the midst of all this 1920’s hysteria and party crazyiness was the mysterious Mr. Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), neighbour of Mr. Carraway, obsessed with a fantasy and lost love of the past: Daisy, Mr. Carraway’s cousin.
They met five years ago, they fell in love then. But Daisy wouldn’t stay with Gatsby, because at that time he was a nobody, not wealthy and of no importance in the society.
Now, five years later, he’s throwing the biggest parties of New York city just to grab her attention, to get her back. To make her see that he is worthy and that he can offer her a life in wealth and abundance.
Although Daisy and he find back to each other, she isn’t as infatuated as she was all those years before and turns back to her husband, who asks a poor guy to kill Mr. Gatsby, not sure if he will really do so.
The quote, which you certainly will take away from all this, is said by Mr. Gatsby himself: “Can’t repeat the past? Of course you can.”
In the end, Mr. Gatsby gets shot in his pool.
Surely, you can’t repeat the past.//
I really liked the movie, even if some might say it was superficial and opulent. That’s also a big part of Fitzgerald’s book and in my oppinion, DiCaprio does a wonderful job at portraying the obsession and the delusional holding on to something which is already gone.
If he doesn’t get an oscar for that, when will he ever get one, old sport?
Damon: You know what I really am? Selfish. Because I make bad choices that hurt you. Yes, I’d rather die then be human. I’d rather die right now then only spend a handful of years with you only to loose you when I’m too old, miserable, and sick and you’re still you. I’d rather die right now then spend my last, final years remembering how good I had it and how happy I was because that’s who I am, Elena. And I’m not going to change. And there’s no possible analogy in the world that encompasses all the reasons why I’m wrong for you.
Elena: Fine. Then, I’m not sorry either. I’m not sorry that I met you. I’m not sorry that knowing you made me question everything. Even in death, you’re the one who’s made me feel most alive. You’ve been a… terrible person. You’ve made all the wrong choices and out of all the wrong choices I’ve made this will prove to be the worst one of all but I am not sorry that… I’m in love with you.