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Review: The Great Gatsby (2013) 2D



The Great Gatsby is a film adapted from a novel of the same name written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film is directed by Baz Luhrmann and stars Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby), Joel Edgerton (Tom Buchanan), Tobey Maguire (Nick Carraway) and Carey Mulligan (Daisy Buchanan).

The film is told through the storied eyes of Nick Carraway as he recounts what happened when he met the Great Gatsby.It’s a narrated type of story which I think worked well in explaining the characters. If I had to mention something about the novel and this film, it’s that they were completely different. I don’t know what book Baz Luhrmann read before he made this movie but it’s not the same Great Gatsby I read! I never would have imagined this movie to have so much difference in style. But I’m not really writing a review to compare the book to the movie, but to review the movie. So was the movie good?

I found myself quite enjoying the Great Gatsby, at 142 minutes long I felt it passed quickly and character stories were well told. One of the things I really liked about the Great Gatsby was because of the narration type of approach to its story telling the audience was able to really understand the Gatsby character. It’s not often in movies where we are given narration but I like this style at times because it gives quite a lot of insight into character motivations and in terms of Gatsby I thought it was well done. I thought Tobey Maquire fit his role well as Nick Carraway for the film and I enjoyed his narration and his perspective on the world of Gatsby’s based on what he saw as he was invited into it.

Tobey Maquire as Nick Carrway in Gatsby

Tobey Maguire as Nick Carrway in the Great Gatsby

Another thing I really liked about the film was the character dynamics between the stars of the film. I thought everyone was very well acted and well cast for their roles. As the movie progressed and we learnt more about the Gatsby character as told through the eyes of Carraway I started to find each of the characters and their dynamic interaction interesting. Carraway was always around sort of watching, while Gatsby was all about his dreams and his hope for his life while Daisy was made to fit into it all. Tom Buchanan played by Joel Edgerton was at times an awkward character though but I don’t really have any complaints, but from Carraway’s impression given of him  he is the one presented the most negative.

In terms of the directing of this film by Baz Lurhmann, I thought it was a very interesting style choice for the film. Having seen quite a few Baz Lurmann films such as Romeo and Juliet (also with Leonardo Dicaprio) and Australia I would say the Great Gatsby is this directors best work. Anyone who’s watched his films notices they are usually quite over the top, the backgrounds and parties are always crazy, everything is crazy in them. Is the Great Gatsby a  crazy movie? Yes.

In looking at the directing choices for telling this story as I mentioned I loved the narration part of the film. I do have questions however about the music choices during the weekly Gatsby parties and also the other musical sections of this movie. I didn’t really understand why those songs were in the movie as they don’t fit the time period. But then we kept being shown images of New York being built here and there in between scenes. I guess it was suggesting something about New York being a city of the future or that parties just haven’t changed. Either way I think the music choices would divide some people in terms of if they liked it or not. But the way I look at it, it’s not like it wasn’t promised to have crazy music and style, it was in the trailer! So we did get what was advertised.

In terms of the style of the film I liked it. I don’t know about how things looked in the 3D version of this movie. But in the 2D version everything looked sharp and stylish. The way the characters were dressed and the attention to detail not only into what the characters were wearing but also in the background and scenery made this movie visually stimulating and interesting to watch. Stylistically in terms of movies out this year I think this one has taken the most risks and Baz Luhrmann has taken quite a lot of creative liberties with the original story in order to do so. But I think it does make the movie stand out against others, I don’t think anyone could say the Great Gatsby film wasn’t creative or wasn’t innovative.

Gatsby in the Great Gatsby a person who had style

Gatsby in the Great Gatsby a person who had style

Overall I enjoyed this movie, but in order to do so I would say to ignore what you read in the book because I found it completely different entirely. I would say you should watch the film in 2D because I can’t see what a 3D option will add. You can see our 3D review here in which it did not score well. The film does have quite a lot of comedic and funny moments and also quite a lot of serious and emotional elements and I think it does well to shift in between the two.

Take a drink or a snack to this movie, it's long!

Take a drink and enjoy getting to know the Great Gatsby!!

As a reviewer I had fun watching The Great Gatsby. I would recommend this movie to watch as I did enjoy it and if you like narration based story telling, the actors involved or strong character development in your films then this is for you.

9 out of 10

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Need For Speed Heat Australian Release Date



Need For Speed Heat Australian release date Is November 8

The Need For Speed Heat Australian release date is November 8 2019. The game will be published by Electronic Arts and comes developed by Ghost Games. The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

EA says “The game deepens and expands everything Need for Speed  fans love – expressive customisation, authentic urban car culture, and an immersive narrative that pulls you into the game.”

What is Need For Speed Heat about?

Need for Speed Heat sends fans to Palm City, a brand-new open world where street racers have gathered to make their names known. By day, players compete in the Speedhunters Showdown, a sanctioned competition where they earn Bank to customise and upgrade their garage of high-performance cars. At night, players risk it all to build their Rep in underground races where a rogue police task force roams the streets, ready to take racers down and swipe all their earnings. The roads, the risks, and the rides never end in this street racer where a player can roll deep with their crew, build their garage full of hot cars, and make the city their nonstop playground.

Riley Cooper, Creative Director at Ghost Games said “Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review



Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review - Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review - Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.

Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.

The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.

Quentin Tarantino with this film captured the spirit and essence of Hollywood in 1969. I felt like I was watching real people going through real things. The attention to detail on each of the characters and also watching them develop as the film progresses was very well done. This film also one has of the best endings and is maybe the best film that I’ve seen in 2019.

The actors were all great, I really enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. The actor has a very wide range of things he could do as his character Rick Dalton is going through quite a lot and there are a lot of different emotional elements. On top of this, as a character who is an actor, Rick is seen acting in other films within this film as different characters he is playing. There are some very good performances within this film from Rick Dalton and in some ways, I wish I could watch the films that he was making within this film. Brad Pitt does very well and so too does Margot Robbie. Dakota Fanning surprised me a lot in this film as I didn’t even recognise her as Squeaky Fromme, she was only in the film for a bit, but for that time she was, she was very impactful.

Overall, I have no further comments to make about this film without having to go into major spoilers discussing all the different elements of it. It’s hard to write a long review for a film when everything was awesome in it. The directing, acting, writing, music and everything else about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was awesome and Quentin Tarantino exceeded my expectations for this film. It may just be one of his best ones yet. I highly recommend going to see it at the cinema this week or as soon as you can. I am already wanting to see it a second time and probably will re-watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released.

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Crawl Review



Crawl Review

Crawl is a film which comes directed by Alexendre Aja who some may know as the director of The Hills Have Eyes (2006). The film stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.

Crawl is a film about a young woman named Haley (Kaya Scodelario) who attempts to save her father (Barry Pepper) who is trapped in his house during a category 5 hurricane. Tremendous damage has occurred to the home and the surrounding area during the storm, with the streets slowly flooding But that’s not the only danger to be wary of, the flood waters have paved the way for dozens of alligators to come into town and they’re ready to feast on anyone still around. Will poor Haley and her father survive though?

Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!

Crawl as a story is about survival. There are themes all throughout it related to man vs nature and also the idea of the apex predator is scattered all throughout it. Both characters in the film are constantly challenged and struggle to survive in the a town getting torn apart by the storm.

The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.

As for Crawl being scary. I’m not too sure, I find it all quite fun. But there are people who this would probably frighten a little. Much of the film is cgi and for what it is and for the type of movie this is I think it was just the right quality. They didn’t try to go too big like in The Meg where the cgi seemed to struggle in certain areas. Although the limitations of the cgi are visible in Crawl, it’s not too bad in the end.

The acting in Crawl isn’t too bad. Kaya Scodelario is who you’ll be watching for basically the entire film and she delivers a pleasant performance. Some may recognise this actress from her appearance in The Maze Runner (2014) where she played Teresa. Hopefully there is more to come from her in future films.

The tone of the film, while at times can be a little intense with all the danger out there did actually feel a little light. Alexandre Aja seemed to keep the tone not too serious and embraced the silliness of it all in certain areas to keep it light and fun. But it was also tense and scary when it needed to be.

Overall I had a good time with Crawl at the cinema last week. This isn’t a film that is going to blow anyone away with how good it is, but it’s something to see for a bit of fun over the weekend. You get to watch two characters try to survive a massive hurricane and not get eaten by alligators. Crawl was 1 hour and 27 minutes of fun!

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