The film is based on the memorable SCOTT FITZGERALD classic novel. It faithfully charts the raw, desolate energy of the 1920′s age of great jazz and greater debauchery.
Compelling, powerful and intriguing, it unashamedly slams the excesses of the nouveau rich who flaunt their material wealth in style.
NO, MONEY CANNOT BUY HAPPINESS.
We are transported to wild parties galore where the non-stop popping of the bottle matches the continuous overflowing of champagne in a playboy’s paradise that extols beyond bewitching fashion and music.
The film director BAZ LUHMANN pulls no punches as he laces the film with lush, garish decor. He strips away the the thin veil which masks the super rich as a lonesome, isolated group leading wasted lives for want of true love and emotional acceptance.
We are constantly reminded that the film director is a master craftsman who will spare no pains in crafting an epic, utilizing every razzle dazzle gimmick on book, including the 3D.
He competently casts LEONARDO DiCAPRIO as Gatsby, TOBEY MAGUIRE as Nick Carraway the narrator of the story and the beguiling CAREY MULLIGAN as the narcissistic Daisy decked in glittering sequined gowns and jewels and her philandering husband Tom (JOEL EDGERTON). These are great actors.
“THE GREAT GATSBY” successfully spins a visual extravaganza with a forlorn tale of a doomed romance in the tradition of his previous ROMEO AND JULIET.
The film opens with Nick, convalescing at a sanatorium in winter time, a few years after the events.
He is struggling to come to terms with his friendship with Gatsby and is urged by his psychiatrist to write down his memoirs.
Gatsby is portrayed as an elusive billionaire of mystery, shrouded in rumor, but one thing is evident: his heart belongs to Daisy, and she is one thing money can never buy.
“THE GREAT GATSBY” is a brilliant charmer, smart, sexy, swooningly romantic.
It is beautifully shot and powerfully acted.
Embodiment of the American dream or not, it is about a doomed romance amid an age of golden jazz and repulsive decadence.
For those who love beauty and the arts, don’t miss this one.
Still, I am convinced that I stumbled upon this questionable finding from some Asian supernatural folklore.
“HUMMINGBIRD” the movie is an arresting film, for all it’s worth.
It could have a lot more going, if film director STEVEN KNIGHT who also wrote the screenplay had focused on the character development of the lead players.
It is a mob thriller with a heart, some soul and loads of humanity.
JASON STATHAM is Joey Jones, a reluctant anti-hero on the run from a past he is fleeing in order to forget, to escape a military court-marshal.
He leads an impoverished existence where the streets of London is his abode, as he braves a dog-eat-dog society of the weak being bullied and trampled upon by unruly gangsters.
His only friend is a God fearing albeit confused nun AGATHA BUZEK (Sister Cristina) who’s in charge of feeding the homeless.
She becomes Joey’s confidante and an initial platonic chemistry sparks off for the two, until lust erupts between two complex humane souls seeking emotional connection.
JASON STATHAM is given a different type of role this time.
He not only fights, he has to horn his acting skills playing a broken man torn by injustice, looking for redemption.
The movie has him breaking into a luxurious apartment in the posh district of Covent Garden where the owner has gone for an overseas business trip for three months.
He conveniently finds a set of car keys, a credit card and a solid bank account where Joey can adopt a new identity. Instead, he uses this opportunity to atone for his past deeds to come clean and get a respectful job.
He gives up drugs and some booze, finds work as a dish washer in a Chinese restaurant.
He ascends to the post of porter and unofficial bouncer.
Life’s getting a lot better and it’s not unusual that he redeems himself by handing out his hard earned cash to help his hungry at friends at the shelter.
This is a dark thriller where the action is carefully measured.
The director-of-photography dresses it with an atmospheric and evocative film style to bring on the chills.
Go watch it if you are a fan of action star JASON STATHAM.