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?
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.