Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Great Gatsby

I saw The Great Gatsby last night and l-o-v-e-d it! I've been so excited to see it and had lots of fun. I read it last year and it was one of my favorite required readings ever. So much anticipation, and it met my expectations!
And of course Gatsby pictures are going viral all over Pinterest, so I thought I'd share a few (or a lot).

 I couldn't get over how gorgeous Carey Mulligan was throughout the whole movie. One of the best parts of The Great Gatsby is the extraordinary, outrageous clothes...and the dress Daisy wore (above) was to-die-for. I especially loved her hair piece in this scene: very chic!

And the glamorous Jordan Baker. She was wonderfully cast and one of the best actresses (Elizabeth Debicki) in it.
Tobey Maguire...another great casting.
And Leo, of course, was my favorite. Isn't this Titanic/Gatsby picture great?!
"He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced, or seemed to face, the whole external world for an instant and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself." -The Great Gatsby
I fell in love with all of it, but especially the party scenes! Can you imagine how fun it'd be to be an extra?
I must admit, when I drove home, it was late at night and there was absolutely no one on the road, and I felt a little bit like Gatsby. But I didn't hit Myrtle, no worries, guys.
But seriously, the cars were great. I loved the scenes where they were driving into the city, and the T.J. Eckleburg eyes were so creepy and mysterious, as they should be.
"He's just a man named Gatsby."
I found this on Pinterest, and unfortunately, it's not a quote from the actual book, but one from the movie. I know we all hate it when they add things into movies, but I still love this quote.

And I guess there's always the humor- I laughed out loud when I saw this!
Aren't these sketches cool? There were several for all of the characters, but I thought the ones for Daisy and Gatsby were the neatest!

The soundtrack for the movie is FABULOUS, perfectly with the rest of the movie. It was so cool to listen to it before I saw it and then listen for the songs in the movie. In fact, I'm listening to it right now!

Favorite Quotes:

  • "I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
  • "The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father’s business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end."
  • “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”  
  • “Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope.”  
  • “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”
  • "With every word she was drawing further and further into herself, so he gave that up, and only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily, undespairingly, toward that lost voice across the room."
  • "It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning-- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

I know that this post has mostly been rambling on and on about how much I love Gatsby, but really, I'm just obsessed and in love with everything about it.


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