Miss Lori Says Leonardo DiCaprio Outshines the Gatsby Movie Cast

 

I had the pleasure of attending a screening of the new Gatsby movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio thanks to my friend Patrice, aka Afrobella, and the great people at Jet Magazine. As an actor, I have a great deal of respect for Leo DiCaprio so I was looking forward to seeing what he would do with this iconic literary role. Let me tell you, he did not disappoint. His blue eyes, enhanced like he was in an old film colorized for a new day. And he himself felt like a Cary Grant or Clark Gable, smoldering Hollywood. It was spectacular. Perhaps too spectacular though, because the rest of the cast was never able to reach the bar that DiCaprio set. The greatest burden fell on Tobey Maguire‘s shoulders as the narrator of the film Nick Carraway. He did as well as I have ever seen him do, but it wasn’t enough to carry the film. Which is unfortunately what Tobey had to do for a good chunk of the first quarter of the film until we saw more than Leo’s hand and pinkie ring. Tobey wasn’t alone on the screen which makes the miss all the more painful. Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan, Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker and the center of Gatsby’s World and obsession Daisy Buchanan, played by Carey Mulligan. The fault may be hers really because unless we as the audience buy her magnetism, her irresistibility to the point of personal destruction, then the movie doesn’t work. I personally didn’t feel it. However, I do believe that all of these actors left everything they had on the soundstage floor. The movie was a big deal. No one took it lightly. Even Leonardo DiCaprio alluded to that very fact in an interview he did with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America. He talked about how hard the cast worked, approaching the Gatsby like it was a theatre production instead of a big budget movie.

 

“We really attempted this like a theatre production. I mean we, the last plaza sequence which is ten minutes long in the movie, which is the final climax of the novel…the big fight at the end. You knowWe rehearsed that like a theatre company for weeks and weeks and endlessly tried to discect Fitzgerald’s words. And went into that room for two weeks and locked ourselves away. But the great thing about 3D that I think is so surprising in this uh in this film. Is that it gives you that ability to immerse yourself in the room You get you understand the palpable tension between the characters you feel the heat of the room that Fitgerald so describes. And it just adds another layer of what it is like to be the reader and feel like you’re in the room with these people.”

~Leonardo DiCaprio on Good Morning America

I believe it. The movie felt choreographed, even the scenes that didn’t include raucous twenties dancing to 2013 style hip hop and techo music. The production value was high and the festivities were palpable, thanks to the high definition details that the 3D filming brought. But that too contributed to the unevenness of the movie. In a way the cinematography and Leonardo DiCaprio were doing an A+ film and everyone else was barely eeking out a C. In the end I give Gatsby a “B”; a B for a “bodacious effort”. It’s always worth trying. I say keep up the good work Leonardo. Eventually your peers will find a way to match your stride. If not you could always do a one man show. I’d buy a ticket in a heartbeat.

The movie came to an end, but the glamourous theatricality of the movie didn’t end when the screen went dark. After the house lights came up, thanks to Jet Magazine and Afrobella, I was treated to a fresh coat of Fashion Fair’s new lip rouge color “Siren”. With Fashion Fair every woman can look and feel like a movie star.

 

Though I didn’t find the acting in the movie Gatsby to be even and beguiling there is no denying that the artistry of the movie was top notch, and even worth the price of admission. But don’t just take my word for it, check out Gatsby for yourself and please, let me know what you think.

 

 

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ML

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