The mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, gives a lot of amazing parties for the richest of New York in his luxurious mansion/castle or whatever you would like to call it. He does this in the hope his one true love – Daisy Buchanan – will show up someday. Gatsby’s new neighbour Nick Carraway, who is a Midwestern war veteran but works stockbroker, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor Jay Gatsby.
The Great Gatsby is based on the novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and directed by Baz Luhrmann, famous for Moulin Rouge. It’s a beautiful story with gorgeous, romantic, and dramatic moments. Everything in this film shows the luxurious lifestyle of the characters! The houses – or better castles – , clothes, cars, gardens. It’s all so gorgeous! My favourite scene of this film is when mister Jay Gatsby gives a tour of his castle. I was like, “Oh my God it’s so beautiful”. And the music, ‘Young and Beautiful’ by Lana del Rey, fits perfectly. I almost cried during this scene!
The film tells the story from Nick’s perspective. So, everything we know comes from Nick’s interpretation and stories told to him. I think this is a good thing. In the film, nobody knows exactly who Jay Gatsby is and the same goes for the viewers. During the film we got to know more and more about this mysterious man and his intentions with Daisy, Nick’s cousin. We learn that Daisy and Jay already knew each other, they had a short but passionate relation before Jay had to got to war. Five years later Jay is a rich man with a huge castle and still in love with Daisy but she married an other man, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Everything Jay Gatsby did the past five years was for Daisy but she has moved on. You see, you can’t always relive the past despite of all the efforts. Maybe for a short moment of time, like in this story. But once someone moved on and let the past be the past, it’s over. It’s sad to see how the story ends after everything Jay Gatsby has done to get Daisy back.
I’m not going to tell how it ends because it’s definitely worth watching! Last thing I would like to add is what Nick Carraway says at the end what I thought was very beautiful and true:
“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy-they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness…”