Monday, May 20, 2013

The Great Gatsby & Z

I might be a week late, but since I had knee surgery exactly one week and three days ago, I never got to see The Great Gatsby. I have anticipated the release of this movie for quite some time (hence the picture of me from Halloween last year below) and was disappointed when it was delayed from a Christmas opening last year. Like most high school students across the country, I read the Great Gatsby during my sophomore year of high school; I've been enamored with the '20s ever since. 

My Gatsby inspired Halloween costume from last year.

Before the movie's release, I re-read the book and fell in love all over again. When my surgery was moved up to last Thursday I was disappointed I wouldn't be seeing it on opening day, but I picked up a copy of a new book which eased my disappointment. 

Z is a fictional novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, the famous wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, writer of The Great Gatsby. The book is written in first person point of view as if Zelda is leading your through a memoir of her life. I truly enjoyed learning more about this adventurous, wing and a prayer power couple who became the epitome of the Jazz Age. It was interesting to learn more about the man behind the now classic novel, The Great Gatsby, and the equally remarkable woman behind him. There love was reckless, epic, and totally engrossing. 

After seeing The Great Gatsby come to life on the big screen this afternoon I only have three words to say: It. Was. Marvelous. I always worry a movie with such huge hype will fail to live up to the expectations, but this movie did not falter, fail, or disappoint in any way. From the acting to the costumes to the sets and the music, the film was wildly over the top, visually ambitious, and frantically fast paced- all of which perfectly captures the spirit of the 20's when as Fitzgerald said, "The buildings were higher, the parties were bigger, the morals were looser and the liquor was cheaper." If you haven't already seen the movie, I totally recommend you go- you might even see me in the audience again! 

As a fashion lover, I can not help but mention the costumes in the film. It was visual eye candy. 

With the help from Brooks Brothers, Tiffany & Co, and Prada, costume designer Catherine Martin was able to create a beautiful assortment of clothing. It was impossible not to leave inspired!


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