THE MOST HOPEFUL MAN

greatgatsby-1THE GREAT GATSBY (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it follows the life of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his neighbour, Nick Carraway (Tobey McGuire) who recounts his encounter with Gatsby during his time in New York in the 1920’s. There is mystery surrounding Jay Gatsby, the businessman who holds extravagant parties yet no one seems to know anything concrete about him. But one thing is clear to Carraway; Gatsby is in love with his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, whom he met in the past. However, she is now married. What follows is the doomed romance of Jay and Daisy, which could only seem to be wishful thinking on their part.

Like any Baz Luhrmann production, music plays a big part in the movies and audiences were treated to the likes of Lana del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Fergie and Jay-Z. It makes you feel like you’re at Gatsby’s parties.

I felt really sad after the movie ended. I’m not sure if Gatsby was really hopeful or deluded. Perhaps I’m too cynical for my own good but if I agreed with Carraway, I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels the same way. Or maybe I’m just not that into doomed romances anymore (that should be a good thing, right?).

I didn’t know Callan McAuliffe was in the movie as young Gatsby, or young Leo! What a striking resemblance! And I didn’t recognize Adelaide Clemens (Parade’s End) in the movie at all! I blame it on the eye makeup.

Jay Gatsby: I knew it was a great mistake for a man like me to fall in love…

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“YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M CAPABLE OF.”

I AM NUMBER FOUR (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

On Valentine’s Day, I had a “date” with I Am Number Four at Cathay Cineleisure – thanks to InCinemas.sg! That “date” includes Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Callan McAuliffe and Jake Abel!

// Alex Pettyfer was previously seen in Wild Child and can be seen next inBeastly with Vanessa Hudgens. Timothy Olyphant is in Justified! Callan McAuliffe was in Flipped, which was sadly not shown in Singapore. Jake Abel was in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and also Adam Milligan aka the Winchesters’ half brother in Supernatural! //

I Am Number Four is based on the novel by Pittacus Lore. It centres around Number Four/John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), one of nine remaining aliens from the planet Lorien, who have come to seek refuge on Earth while on the run from the Mogadorians, another alien species. He is protected by his guardian, Henri (Timothy Olyphant), who will train him when his Legacies/powers manifest themselves. These last Loriens have to be killed in the sequence of their numbers and Numbers One, Two and Three are dead – this means John is in danger.

Sarah: What’s your name?
Number Four/John: John… Smith.
Sarah: Okay, you don’t wanna tell me your name…

I think I nearly jumped out of my seat because the the movie kicked off Kings Of Leon’s Radioactive (!) followed by The Black Keys’ Tighten Up, both of which were in the running for Best Rock Performance/Song for the Grammys that day.

John: A place is only as good as the people you know in it. I think this is a pretty good place.

There’s plenty of action and suspense in the movie and some parts even caused me to grip my seat real tight – like when the Mogadorians and their “pets” appear. The opening scene grips you right from the start and you just mentally prepare yourself whenever there are dark places involved.

Sam: (on shooting down a Mogadorian) I play a lot of X-Box.

Timothy Olyphant is Olyphantastic as usual and he sure channeled Raylan Givens when he fired that shotgun! I wouldn’t mind being home-schooled by him. Then I have this semi-crush on 16-year-old Callan McAuliffe, who plays Sam and provides most of the comic relief. It won’t be obvious at first when he keeps his head down, but once he starts to open up to John, you’ll be charmed (by his eyes and smile)!

Number Six: If you slow us down, I’ll shoot you myself.
Sam: I believe you. Can we go now?

Teresa Palmer totally kicks ass as the feisty Number Six. I liked that she was fireproof and could disappear and appear out of thin air! Dianna Agron stars as Sarah, John’s love interest and it has blossomed off-screen – such a good-looking couple! There are plenty of funny moments too, like when Sarah’s mother switches the porch lights on and off in a bid to distract the young couple from making out too intensely. And I’d like to add that Singaporeans are a sentimental bunch cos there was a collective “Awww” when John’s dog, Bernie Kosar, appeared at the end.

The movie opens in Singapore 24 February 2011.

Here’s a really cute interview featuring Alex Pettyfer on Ellen and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: