As humans we long for the past and for the things we can’t have. We spend most of our lives trying to get back to where we were five or ten years ago. We wonder at what could have been if we changed our decisions in the past.
“‘Can’t repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can.'”
The Great Gatsby captures the theme of this longing. The story is about a man, Gatsby, who puts on the grandest of parties and has everything anyone could ever want just to impress the girl he loves, Daisy. Sadly, she is already married to another. So he comes up with a plan to win her over and have her tell her husband that she never loved him and that she is going to go away with Gatsby, her first love.
I just saw the movie earlier today and I must say, from a cinematic point of view it was an absolutely beautiful movie. The way it was filmed was amazing. The sets and props that they used fit the time period perfectly. As did all of the clothes and costumes. Even the acting was great. I love how everyone acted like a gentleman back then. Everything was spot on for being a movie set in the Roaring Twenties. The only thing I was disappointed in was the music. Most of it was music from today, which is nothing like the twenties. But overall I thought it was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.
Now, I haven’t read the book yet. I didn’t have time to read it before going to see the movie, but I plan on reading it during the summer. I’m very interested in seeing how close the movie was to it.