Movie Review: The Great Gatsby – Sophia Makes Her Attempt at Movie Reviewing

Posted July 30, 2014 by Sophia

I’m going to attempt to write a movie review. I say attempt, because while I may have gone into book reviewing blindly with no experience whatsoever – I’ve never even read a book review prior to book blogging – I can count on both hands exactly how many movies I’ve watched in my entire lifetime. LITERALLY. Want the list?

Movies Sophia has Watched Since Forever

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – The only thing I remembered was the moving staircase. I had to come across it by accident on ABC back in 2009 or 2010. Then I devoured the books.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – At least… I think it was World’s End. Which one had that Octopus dude killing someone with it’s tentacles? Like, sticking it’s arms down a throat? I know, it was disgusting.
  • The Hunger Games – Yeah… I didn’t watch this in theaters. I do plan on watching Catching Fire.
  • Finding Nemo – Heyyyyyy, it’s my favorite movie! I even have the DVD
  • Inception – My first viewing of Leonardo DiCaprio. Not a terrible job, the old sport. See what I did there?
  • I Am Number Four – Um… I don’t remember too much. I know I watched this before reading the book, but I didn’t know a book existed if you know what I mean. I’m excused!

Well, that’s the list. And it doesn’t count the movies I’ve watched in school. Until this summer… when I read The Great Gatsby and found the book terribly confusing. I even procrastinated when writing the essay… it took over a week, and I had to watch the movie so many times, DiCaprio’s “old sport” accent is drilled in my head.

I’m pretty sure I can imitate him perfectly by now. Soprano style of course. I’m no guy… obviously.

Yet… I still had trouble writing the essay.

So! How do you write a movie review? Does anyone have a guide or something? Anyone?!

The Great Gatsby

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carrey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton
Rating: PG-13
Release Date: May 10, 2013
“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

Anyhoo… The Great Gatsby. It explained quite a lot… while the book was confusing. Which was precisely WHY I even got the movie in the first place. I especially wanted to know what the real ending was because I had two assumptions – thankfully, one of my assumptions was correct.

I honestly didn’t care too much about this movie in particular. It was better than the book, yes, but only because of the explanations that made so much sense. Fitzgerald didn’t do a smashing job with that, unfortunately.

See, when it came down to the novel, I thought it was really boring. I thought it was about a boy named Nick Carraway puttering around in New York City in the roaring 20s and met a guy named Gatsby. He really doesn’t do anything in my opinion. But then when I watched the movie and watched Tobey Maguire bring the character to life, I pretty much realized that Nick Carraway has an important role after all.

I did enjoy the soundtrack – in a lot of ways. If anyone’s curious, I really enjoyed Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray – someone who I never listened to. As much as I enjoyed that song, she’s not exactly my favorite artists. Sorry. 🙁 I also liked the song at the start of the credits – funny enough, I’m that weird type who literally goes through the credits. Thing is, I don’t watch the credits. I listen to the music. Does that make me weird now? ^_^

*End of Review* There will be no ratings – I’ll let you guys be the judge since I’m completely inexperienced with movies! 🙂

Okay, feedback time, fellow bookwyrms. Did I do a fine job, or should I just stick with debating discussing with Lupe @ Catching Bookz on Catching Thoughts? Let me know what you think at my attempt at movie reviewing, and what I can improve on. I really do need those tips. Search engines usually drop unwanted virtual poop. 🙂

Catching Thoughts is not a blog by the way – it’s a feature where we debate/discuss about anything book related. The first one is going to be with The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead on August 4! We sort of planned on seeing my reaction to Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer (by the way, it was… say, weird. AKA, Sophia didn’t exactly like it), but I won that friendly debate by a million miles. ^_^

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Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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