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The Great Gatsby FILM REVIEW

As a person who loves their literature, I could not understand how a film adaption of The Great Gatsby could be anything but great. The romantic drama by Baz Luhrmann captures just about everything I adored in the book, a wonderful and picturesque experience with a stellar soundtrack and impressive cast to boot.

The booming 1920’s and the fleeting joy it brought to the glamorous of New York is captured wonderfully on screen. Just as quickly as the harrowing reality of prohibition, all night parties and secret loves are unveiled.

Told as it is in the book by Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), cousin and neighbour to lost millionaires. The film recollects his time with them amidst the materialism and madness, “the restlessness approached hysteria. The parties were bigger. The pace was faster, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher, the morals were looser, and the liquor was cheaper,” he comments.

What the critics hate, I adore. This is a film that presents to us the harsh reality and consequences of excess, excess to impress. The hauntingly beautiful computer-generated imagery, the attention to detail in both fashion and behaviour of the time and the hopeless belief that dreams will come true, are all captured in this two-hour long journey of forbidden love and intense drama.

What of Gatsby you say? Well, Leonardo DiCaprio was perfect in role, proving himself as sweet, secretive and sauve, with a treasure trove of hidden secrets and the somewhat admirable ambition to progress and be something great – although, not always for the right reasons.

His love interest, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), is portrayed wonderfully also, beautiful and ditzy, the oh so perfect flapper girl is thrown into an emotionally-charged love triangle, with the assistance of her cousin Nick and influential friends.

Her and Gatsby play out their affair throughOUT the movie, longingly and hopelessly, as Nick watches and comments on, deceitful husband Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton), becoming more wary with each encounter.

This is an adaption that compliments the original work, charging it with a modern and glitzy twist. Whether a fan or not of the novel, it is worth seeing for the sheer beauty of the production.

What did you think of The Great Gatsby? What is your favourite era?

Stephanie xox

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Hitchcock film review

Hitchcock film review

“All of us harbour dark recesses of violence and horror,” says Anthony Hopkins, acting as director Alfred Hitchcock.

The behind-the-scenes biopic Hitchcock, takes a peek at Hitchcock’s greatest achievement and struggle, the revolutionary classic, Psycho.

Hopkins gives a convincing portrayal of the 60-year-olds gentlemanly arrogance; the pursed lips, waddle, well-spoken with a fixation for the younger women.

It is a shame that the voice is a little off, but we can forgive that.

So, what did I think of the Hitchcock film?

The film is centred on an impressive cast with Scarlett Johansson as the panic-stricken lead Janet Leigh, and Helen Mirren as the hardworking wife, Alma Reville.

Hitchcock’s in turmoil with Psycho, desperate to pull it off. His relationship becomes strained. Alma becomes increasingly unappreciated, in the shadows of the “great and glorious Alfred Hitchcock.”

He succumbs to her and they work together, financing the film independently when Paramount Pictures rejects its content of voyeurism, incest and transvestisms.

People appear disgusted by the gore and Hitchcock swears his cast to secrecy and boldly continues.

However, so do the doubts, nightmares and visions – becoming a regular occurrence. Alma supports him “unquestionably” as he deteriorates, editing the film for the difficult censors, a daunting and tiresome task. The duo balances one another, a tale of love as it is of horror.

Oh, but what of the unforgettable knife scene? Well seeing Johansson’s performance proved impressive and convincing. Not just a pretty face but an incredible actress.

The ending would satisfy the “master of suspense,” heartfelt before concluding direct to camera with a clever twist.

What did you think of the film? Are you a fan of Psycho?

Stephanie

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