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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SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007)
–  3 and a half out of 5 stars

Saw Spider-man 3 on Wednesday. 

Anyway, the movie, I think, focuses more on the “human” aspect than the “superhero”aspect; talking about forgiveness and making choices. Spider-man is like so full of himself (“Everybody loves me”), likes to show off his skills and behaves like a celebrity. This time, his enemies include Green Goblin the Second, the Sandman and Venom. The Green Goblin was so funny? I mean how can a villian almost lose his life because he bumped his head on a spiderweb? And the first thing that came to my mind when I saw Sandman was “what a waste”. I mean, Singapore and other countries face a shortage of sand and Sandman uses it like nobody’s business? Later, I heard from my sister that they utilized corn instead – cheaper and in abundance. As for Venom, I think his weakness is similar as DareDevil’s although it attacks them in different ways. Topher Grace is like damn evil looking in that suit and probably in need of a dentist too.

Back to movie-business, the effects are good though the movie started slow enough to make the guy beside me doze off for quite a while. The movie delivers a few laughs, what’s with the vibrating table at the Daily Bugle to the French restaurant scene. Peter Parker is funny when he’s under Venom’s influence; combing his fringe down, flirting and dancing in the streets. Like he’s another person altogether. Personally, I think Venom is the most watchable villain, since he’s evil, slimy and black. He looks worst (more menacing) in the movie than the cartoon, maybe it’s more realistic, that’s why? But I liked the ending; all misunderstandings cleared and good triumphs over evil once again.