Posted by Cassandra T. in Movie Reviews, The Great Gatsby on June 6, 2013
It has been two weeks since I watched The Great Gatsby and the show is still lingering on my mind. This tragic love triangle tale and its various symbolisms left me deep in thought even after the movie was over.
Before the movie began, the Boyfriend was telling me that in the book (written in 1925!), Nick Carraway was gay and in love with Gatsby! I was like “OMG WHATTTTTT???!!!” And then I was seriously expecting to watch a controversial movie that included a gay theme. Which didn’t happen unfortunately =( Oh well. But more on that later!
Here are the 8 points of The Great Gatsby which caught my attention.
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!
1. Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway
“Hey! What’s Spiderman doing in the movie?” Sorry dude, can’t get the image of Spidey out of my head. It pretty much stayed like that for the rest of the movie.
2. The enthralling Daisy Buchanan
As Carey Mulligan made her first appearance in the movie as Daisy Buchanan, I couldn’t help but get swept away in her loveliness. She made a fantastic Daisy. Kudos on the casting!
3. The eccentric Jay Gatsby
Leonardo Dicaprio does a fantastic job as the elusive Mr. Gatsby! Eccentric as he is with his old school mannerisms, panic attacks and secrecy, as he reveals his love for Daisy and all that he has done to be worthy of her love, you can’t help but root for the guy when he tries to win Daisy back.
P.S. Leo looks really different in this movie! His face appears broader and his features seem to have matured… no more baby-faced Leo!
4. Gatsby’s obsessive love for Daisy
Initially it was romantic and saccharine, seeing the reunion of young sweethearts. However, it soon become evident that Gatsby was trying to hold on to a past that had already moved on. I felt really sorry for him as he clutched desperately for any remnants of Daisy’s love for him.
5. The cracking of Daisy Buchanan’s facade
As the movie went on, her beautiful facade began to crack bit by bit, eventually exposing her shallow, morally weak character and fickle-mindedness. The facade shattered at the confrontation in a hotel suite at New York City, and those broken shards were brutally crushed again as she refused to show up at Gatsby’s funeral. There was just that tiny glimmer of hope that she still had some humanity in her to attend the funeral of a man who had sacrificed so much for her. It left me feeling quite disgusted with her by the end of the show.
6. Tom and Daisy – the perfect couple
At the start, it didn’t seem like they were a suitable couple, with the story unveiling Tom’s previous dalliances and his current mistress, and Daisy seemingly being world-weary and unhappy. However, as the phone rings (Nick calling to request Daisy to attend Gatsby’s funeral) and they pretend to have left the town, it becomes quite evident that this low-ball pair are definitely suited for one another, and that Daisy very much deserves to have this womanizing cheat of a husband!
7. Nick’s outburst over Gatsby’s funeral
This is my favourite part, where Nick finally gets a personality! Nick gets upset at how all the party-goers, business partners and the woman Gatsby devoted his heart to desert him during his final occasion and loses his temper. In the movie, Nick essentially was the narrator and sideline observer, a pretty bland and disappointing character. I wasn’t even aware that he had a relationship with Jordan in the movie, I thought they just hung in the same circle because of Daisy!
Later on I understood that there was more to Nick’s character than just an observer in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. Definitely time to check the book out!
And finally, the million-dollar question…
8. So… Is Nick really gay?
That is one answer we definitely won’t find from the movie!
Greg Olear gives a great analysis of why he thinks Nick is gay and in love with Gatsby, based on the novel: http://www.salon.com/2013/01/09/was_nick_carraway_gay/
It’s a pretty convincing read! I wonder what the movie would have been like if it had included gay undertones like the novel.
The movie has intrigued me enough to pick up the book! I’m definitely looking forward to gain more insight into this compelling, tragic love story.