The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Writer: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce
Based on: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprioCarey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Adelaide Clemens, Amitabh Bachchan, Callan McAuliffe

Plot:
Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) decided to get into the bond business. He moves into a little house just outside of New York and reconnects with his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) who lives nearby after getting married to Tom (Joel Edgerton) who comes from a whole lot of old money. Nick’s next door neighbor is a man called Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is filthy rich as well, but from new money. Gatsby celebrates grand parties every weekend. When Nick is invited to one, he finds out that Gatsby and Daisy are somehow connected.

Unfortunately I didn’t love the movie as much as I loved the book. It wasn’t that bad but there were also a few issues, making the movie work only half of the time.

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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

The Great Gatsby is probably F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s most famous novel.

Plot:
Nick Carraway decided to get into the bond business. He moves into a little house just outside of New York and reconnects with his cousin Daisy who lives nearby after getting married to Tom who comes from a whole lot of old money. Nick’s next door neighbor is a man called Gatsby, who is filthy rich as well, but from new money. Gatsby celebrates grand parties every weekend. When Nick is invited to one, he finds out that Gatsby and Daisy are somehow connected.

I pretty much loved Gatsby. It’s beautifully written and tells an interesting, many-layered story. And you can read it pretty quickly.

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the new movie by David Fincher, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. It’s nominated for about a hundred Oscars. It’s based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Plot:
At the end of World War I, a baby is born – but it’s the ugliest baby anyone has ever seen. He looks like an old man. Disgusted and shocked by his wife’s death, the father [Jason Flemyng] abandons the baby on the steps of an old persons’ home, where it is found by the motherly caretaker Queenie [Taraji P. Henson], who takes him in and calls him Benjamin.
Benjamin [Brad Pitt] ages in reverse. He was born an old man, but with each year that passes, he gets younger and younger. As a child, he meets Daisy [Cate Blanchett], the love of his life who will continue to be the connecting thread in his restless existence.

What a sweeping movie. There’s absolutely everything in it. It’s wonderfully done. It could have been a little shorter though. But it’s definitely a movie you should see.

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Two Other Stories (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

As the title suggests, this is a small book containing three short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The three stories are: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Bernice Bobs Her Hair and The Diamond as Big as the Ritz.

All of them were a little weird, as they didn’t seem to have a punchline, or morale, or point. Nevertheless, I liked them and they were well-written.

As usual, I’ll go through them one by one.

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