Book Club Night Out: The Great Gatsby Movie Night

As readers may have noticed by now, the women of the UBC love any excuse to get together. A new movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby – one of the most iconic novels of the 20th century – being released was a better excuse than most, and so a Facebook event was made, poll for scheduling created, and tickets pre-bought. There is something so strangely satisfying about taking up almost an entire row in the theatre with just your group, isn’t there?

The Great Gatsby

Although I’m not one to read reviews, I had been told that the movie we were about to see had received several poor ones. One thing you can count on with this group is opinions, though, and I knew that I was in a mixed company with respect to familiarity with the novel. I had read it back in high school, some members had made the effort to read (or re-read) it just before, and some had never read it at all.

From the very beginning, the opulence and garishness of the jazz age dripped off every scene. The music was big, the lights were bright, and the alcohol was flowing. Personally, I was not a fan of what seemed to me the over-use of CGI…but that was really my only complaint. I have some personal issues with the need to make everything 3D, and will admit I probably feel more strongly about this issue than is completely healthy. Other than this small detail, my opinion was overwhelmingly positive and I’m happy to say that I didn’t hear many complaints from the other UBC-ers either.

My favourite scene – by far – is when Gatsby lays an elaborate plan to finally meet Daisy.


Everything about the awkward way Leo plays this while sitting amongst such an elaborate display makes me laugh and cringe from second-hand embarrassment at the same time. How does this man not have an Oscar, I ask you.



For this UBC member, at least, The Great Gatsby is highly recommended.


About Erin Chezick

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4 Responses to Book Club Night Out: The Great Gatsby Movie Night

  1. Julia Kent says:

    I LOVED that scene too. Also… I had to Google what CGI meant.


  2. Julia Kent says:

    ALSO – surprised you didn’t comment on how awesome the soundtrack was? And slightly.. strange?


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  4. I really didn’t know what to expect when I watched this movie, but I can tell you I was at least pleased with the outcome. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire both did good performances as well. While the film provides an interesting look at the height of the “Roaring Twenties” and a devastating look into the dark side of the American dream, it’s running time of nearly 21/2 hours and a near-constant bombardment of visual over-stimulation might make the film somewhat exhausting for some. Every bit as visually dazzling as one might expect with it’s production, grand sets, scenery, and detailed costume designs. I personally feel that while this film doesn’t necessarily belongs to the category of overblown, over-elaborate movies out there, it could have benefited from having a less dazzling tone. All that aside, the plot was good and I felt sad at the end for Gatsby. Whether or not the film is a satisfactory adaptation of the novel I can’t say because I haven’t read the book.


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