Last night our town had a premiere of 'The Great Gatsby'. It was a dress-up event with raffles, supper and drinks. I was really surprised at just how many people actually made an effort to dress-up/attend the night and there were some really cool outfits. I went with my older cousin and did her hair in finger-waves (sorry I didn't get any pictures of it).
I wore a lace dress that my aunt bought for me when I was in grade twelve. I hadn't tried on the dress since and while it fitted, the petticoat it came with was a little firm (so I guess I will have to invest in a new black petticoat). I took a 2nd hand chiffon blouse to wear over the dress in the cold air-conditioning and a tapestry bag I bought at the markets. The only jewellery I wore was a pair of dangle chandelier earrings and I wore my new limecrime lippy. My mum had a pale powder that really suited and I actually wore eyeliner pencil under my eyes for a change. (Didn't get any nice close-ups of the make-up either). I let my cousin borrow a lacy dress of mine (I have a bit of a thing for lace dresses!)
^This is what I wore. Mum is taking the picture for a change. And, it is a black dress, but I edited the photos for a more dramatic effect.
^Here is a picture of a mini-mag that came with VOGUE and my copy of 'The Great Gatsby' that I read about two years ago.
When I came out of the cinema I wasn't really sure. I really liked the visuals, the parties, the costumes, the soundtrack, the story, but I just wasn't convinced that I loved it. Today I found myself mulling over certain scenes. Over less than a day I can say that the film has really grown on me and that I am really anxious about getting the DVD. The selling point was Leo Di Caprio and the emotion that he displayed.
I know that a lot of bloggers are really going to go out of their way to analyse the film and compare it to the great F Scott Fitzgerald novel. As I have said before I am able to appreciate these novel-to-film adaptations as separate entities and while I will tend to choose a favourite, I generally don't hate "the other one" unless it is indeed bad. I thought Mr Baz did a great job of converting it to a film (I was actually worried that it wouldn't be a long enough film). As far as fictional characters go, we all tend to have our own ideas of what they would look like or sound like in our own minds so it is never going to be spot on.
One thing I was curious about was the authenticity. I knew that they were doing a modern (upbeat) soundtrack and that there were going to be some opinions about that. I was really happy with the soundtrack and thought it was nicely done. I didn't notice any slip-ups on the directors part, but I'm sure there will be some (there always are). The film was also a slow, long film (which is to be expected with a costume film), but it kept me interested the whole time...
I think that like the book, the movie has some great messages in it and does really make you think about how you treat people. I think that if you liked 'Marie Antoinette' that you will possibly like this, similar sort of thing in another era... Yay for the twenties!
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