The Great Gatsby
Some random musings about the movie
“The Great Gatsby “
NO INTENDED SPOILERS!!
The confession ~
It took a long time for me to grasp what Mr F.scott Fitzgerald created 90 years ago spending countless hours and what Mr Baz luharmann made into a 143 minutes extravaganza, “The Great Gatsby “ the movie .
Adding two extra words ” The Great ” as an after thought was like adding extra toppings of oregano and chili flakes to a finely baked thin crust pizza .
I have not read the novel neither I have seen the earlier version of the movie released in 1974 by Jack Clayton, though Sunil Avi and me are planning to watch it tonight.
For me as a first timer there was enough on my plate.
The Hope ~
Not a single flower from the woman named Daisy , The love Mr Jay kept waiting for all his life , But the author did allow him to die in peace , in hope .
The hope, that made the man “The Great Gatsby ”
Would you mind terribly ? If I say “ The hope that killed Mr Gatsby .”
The Pride in Death ~
What can be of greater pride than dying waiting for a phone call from your soul mate to start a new life , in hope, at sunrise ,inside your own pool, pool of uncertain and unseen dreams .
Is it the death that magnifies life ?
Do People remember how you died ? or do they talk about how you lived , when you are dead ?
We actually need only two people to begin the party and to tango .
The invitations to the entire city ceased ,the big, lavish,party times were over and the battalion of staffs were released .
The rain drenched Mr Gatsby’s search was over after he met Daisy over a planned Tea meet at Nick’s rented house , He found his love back , at least in his mind ,and now the party was just between two loving souls .
He is Jay again, Mr Gatsby was pushed behind .
Jay didn’t want to run away He might have cheated many and must have lied to people . But he never lied about his love .He wanted his love to be celebrated he wanted Daisy to live with pride .His ultimate motto .
He wasn’t from Oxford but his aesthetics about love and marriage are definitely what any one from Oxford would endorse .
The Large parties and Mr Gatsby -became synonymous .
The Mayor the Chancellor, the Beauty queens , and the party animals , they all were party to the large parties but no body knew how lonely w Mr Gatsby was .
They all questioned from where the money came .
They were amazed by the scale of the parties but nobody bothered to dig deep .
It was the crowd that gathered at Mr Gatsbys parties they were not friends .
All our life we want to Party with only one person .And when we are with that one person , rest of the world is blurred .
Each of the quotes and dialogues in the film represented the human character and their life ,especially this one
“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isnt any privacy”
I understand that the moment there are two people there is no privacy .
The Climax ~
I believe the climax of the movie was decided much ahead , before the beginning was thought ,
The author wanted the protagonist to die lonely .
No large and intimate funeral for the man who threw larger than life parties when he was alive .
The End ~
The Movie was about Jay Gatsby but Mr Tom Buchanon Is the person who got it all .
He betrayed his wife he cheated Myrtle and gets away with Daisy on a vacation in the end .
For him it was a perfect ending but for Daisy ??
Has Daisy forgiven herself?
Is she able to sleep in peace ?
Or she is haunted by Old Sport , still looking for beautiful shirts ?
What exactly was Daisy’s dream ?
P.S – Big B was under utilized .
What I loved ~ The Yellow sport car , The styling of the movie. Joel Edgerton, The Polo Player.
What I wish : I wish to capture such work on my camera some day
Say Amen !!.
19th May 2013