26 May 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: The Great Gatsby

„The Great Gatsby“ is like this person you meet and you want to be friends with the person so badly cause she’s so good looking but it seems like there will be nothing more than small talk between you. Seeing this person from afar made you have big expectations, but you have to admit being handsome or beautiful is just not it.

The cinematography of this film is absolutely breathtaking. The sets are stunning, not only because the 20ies have been very well transferred to the big screen but also because everything takes place entirely in NEW YORK City of course. That makes looking at it a treat. Reading the cast, I was also convinced that I would not be disappointed here, which I certainly wasn’t – apart from the point that I really think Leonardo DiCaprio starts looking old and used (!). How sad!

For me, the highlight of the film was the music. Featuring artists such as the wonderful Lana del Rey, Kanye West, will.i.am, Emeli Sandé, Sia and even Nero, I really loved how the modern sound was combined with the old-fashioned, picturesque scenery. [Chanting “Young And Beautiful” until this day!]

However: In all the flashy lights, stunning gowns and mind-blowing sets, the movie failed to move me on a higher level. I was fine with everything that happened. I didn’t feel an overload of sympathy for anyone in particular, neither could I identify with any of them. That doesn’t mean there were no scenes that I thought were great, but it means content-wise I was never convinced. That with an excessive over-length made me question why Moulin Rouge director NEVER learns form the mistakes of his previous movie! Bummer! 3 stars for everything glittery, shiny and gorgeous to look at! 


  1. i really want to see it



  2. Want to see it so bad! I heard a lot of comments: positives and negatives, so I think I´ll tell you my real real opinion until the next weekend (hope to see it soon)

    But I can agree with you in one fact: the music! what an amazing soundtrack in my opinion!

  3. thaks 'Fel.
    exactly what I feared.
    too much detail - not enough substance.
    the only leo film I like is Basketball diaries.

    1. I'm quite fond of his recent work, haven't seen basketball diaries.. just think his best days are over :D

  4. Thank you for this review! I have been dying to see this movie and I know everyone in the fashion world was going crazy about it, but I like that you have it a realistic perspective. I do not have has high hopes for it as many other people, but judging by your rating, I am right to not be overly excited. Maybe I might see it or just wait for it to come on Netflix! Great post!


  5. Thanks for your honesty and review of this movie The Great Gatsby c:

  6. I also haven't watch it yet.
    Sooooo curious

  7. Hi dear
    Thanks for your comment some weeks ago on my blog
    Nice musics in this film

    Kiss kiss.*Jo

  8. I still need to see this movie

  9. I saw it recently after I read the book a few months ago. I agree entirely with yoru review. It was beautifully shot or let's say beautifully edited since I read/heard that most of it is shot in front of a green screen. But overall I loved the cinematography and the music. I was listening to the soundtrack long before watchign the movie and was surprised how well they mixed the modern music with the 20s feeling. Other than that teh story was as boring as in the book, but the actors, the effects and the music saved me from falling asleep.

  10. Ha ha! GREAT REVIEW! I still oh-so-love Leo and am dying to see Fitzgerald's masterpiece come to life. The soundtrack does sound phenomenal! I'm gonna have to really chekc everything out now after reading your post. Thanks for the intel! xoxo




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