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The Great Gatsby

The-Great-Gatsby-Movie-2013When The Great Gatsby by Baz Lurhmann was advertised to be released I was thrilled and determined to go and watch it. But having chosen Steinbeck over Fitzgerald at university I am ashamed to admit that I had never read the book. I decided to read the book first and afterwards watch the film. So now three years later I have to say that both book and film are perfect! THE GREAT GATSBY

Gatsby is this handsome, mysterious and very rich young man who has suddenly appeared in the social life of the 20s New York and is a neighhbour to Nick whose cousin is Daisy that happens to be Gatsby’s first and only love. Gatsby throws extravagant parties where everybody who is somebody wants to go to and waits for the day that Daisy will enter his door. Daisy that is unhappily married to Mr Buchanan finally sees Gatsby after all these years and is in love again. But everything goes horribly wrong to this love story as something usually does when true love is at stake and we have its tragic end.

The film is fabulous and Lurhman’s aesthetic fits once more and makes the story his own. The music is amazing, the photography is beautiful, Gatsby is mesmerizing and I just wonder once more how come Mr Lurhman didn’t think of making this film sooner. It is simply wonderful!

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R+JulietTwo households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

Romeo and Juliet is a famous theatrical play, written by William Shakespeare and published by the end of the 16th century. Two houses, the Montagues and the Capulets, hate each other to death; and the love that bonded their two children is the most tragic love story known to humanity. Baz Luhrmann‘s Romeo-and-Mercutio-romeo-and-juliet-slash-27929061-460-300version in my opinion is the best there is.

The protagonists’ youth makes the ending even more tragic, but that is always how first (and in this case only) love feels; passionate, total, consuming, catastrophic, unforgettable. Putting the Shakespearean word in the mouths of two modern teenagers gave the film gravity and prestige, and Luhrmann’s cinematography made it understandable to the audience. The soundtrack of the film was amazing; it has one of my favourite songs by Radiohead. Finally, the final scene of Romeo going to see where Juliet lies is just beyond description. It is a most original scene that only Mr Luhrmann’s aesthetics could create.

For us who are not in our prime anymore watch it and remember how it feels to be young and in love again. For the younger generation,  well you can feel it for yourselves!

My only love sprang from my only hate…

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