The Great Gatsby

June 16, 2013 at 10:23 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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Saw the remake of the The Great Gatsby the other night at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington.

Plot elements discussed

I have not read the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, nor the Robert Redford film, so I was not sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. The 142 minute film held my interest and attention.

It is a love triangle as seen and described by the cousin of the girl. The ‘girl’ is Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan); the other points of the triangle are Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) and Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio); and the cousin is Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). The Buchanans are ‘old money’ and Gatsby is ‘new money’ – so ‘new’ that it is a little ‘dirty’. In the end it is Gatsby’s obsession that leads to his downfall, and it is Carraway’s humanity that is his.

The story is set in the 20’s – prohibition, colourful times, and jazz music. The scenery is amazing, conspicuous consumption by the rich is the norm: amazing gardens and every party a production. The rich are very self absorbed and isolated from everyday life.

I found that the 3D did not add to the story, at times it was a distraction.

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Inception

September 6, 2010 at 1:23 am | Posted in Film Review | 1 Comment
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Spoiler: Plot details revealed !

I went to see Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the other day – I had a spare two hours.

The film is well made, with a complex plot. DiCaprio’s character litterally gets into people’s minds to steal secrets – as they dream. In the film, DiCaprio is hired to plant an idea – something that is suppose to be impossible. To do this DiCaprio and his team of dreamers will have to go deep into the target’s – Joseph Gordon-Levitt – mind.

The film is set in the target’s mind, inside a dream, inside a dream, inside a dream, … . It is all very complex. An additional complication is that the dreamers need to have physical control of the target’s body, to hook up instruments and inject a series of drugs.

Unfortunately, the end is telegraphed to the audience well before the end – does DiCaprio really get out of the target’s mind? or his own for that matter.

Oh the special effects – computer graphics – are very good.

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