The Probably Less Than Great Gatsby

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Has Baz Luhrmann declared a war on good literature? Or is it that he is just that inept at making anything worth taking the time out of one of your not so busy days to watch?
He is the man that brought us an updated version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, which is quite hard to cock up, yet I would argue he did seem to go out of his way to attempt so. I mean even the light-hearted, animated feature; ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ was way more fun.

It doesn’t look like Mr. Luhrmann is finished badly turning great literature into annoyingly bad films. This year will see the release of his interpretation of ‘The Great Gatsby’. Again like ‘Romeo + Juliet’ ­it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, whom is a remarkable actor and will pull of an outstanding performance again, it is just a shame that the film is, at least I’m betting it is going to be a mire of terrible drivel.

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The book itself is considered to be a masterpiece of American literature, written by F Scott Fitzgerald in 1925.  It has already had at least two movie adaptations, one with Alan Ladd, another with Robert Redford and I am sure that watching these two, will be better than paying to see Luhrmann’s massacre of the book.

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Lewis Butler

Never Let Me Go Review

Words by Max Spencer

****

I went to see ‘Never Let Me Go’ with an open mind, I have recently discovered Andrew Garfield (Social Network) and thought he was brilliant so I was looking forward to seeing his performance in this completely different genre of film. Keira Knightley’s performances to date have all been brilliant. So in short I was looking forward to the film.

Without saying too much, ‘Never Let Me’ Go is a story about what it truly means to be humans. That does not mean that there are aliens involved, but there are other science fiction elements that are subtly blended with complex emotions.

The story revolves around Ruth, Tommy, and Kathy, three children growing up at a school called Hailsham.

Hailsham is bizarre in many ways, but the children simply take it as it is (this can definitely be seen by Tommy’s naive mannerisms). The children eventually learn a nasty secret about themselves from a teacher. Ruth (Keira Knightley), Tommy (Andrew Garfield), and Kathy’s (Carey Mulligan) lives change forever as they suddenly learn to live their lives differently. As they grow up together, they experience sex, sadness, and love in unexpected ways.

The acting is very good from all three actors. Carey Mulligan shines as Kathy showing all her complex emotions and mannerisms perfectly. Andrew Garfield stole the show for me though, especially how he creates Tommy as this brilliantly naive character that reflects upon the world they have been brought up in.

This film definitely made me think. I left the Cinema pondering life as we know it, the film brought across many depressing implied views that I am sad to say could be argued to be true. Especially the way they use the word “completion” in the film instead of death, I feel the mitigation of this word can be linked to how the human race is so desensitised to death.

This film is beautifully sinister.

Drive Review

 

Words by Kivlan Legate

This heart-pumping thriller provides the audience with a window into the life of a professional stunt driver who lends his immense talents to the Los Angeles world of crime as a getaway driver. Ryan Gosling’s unnamed, good-hearted protagonist then gets mixed up in the murky underworld of criminality and finds himself fighting for his life, and the life of those he cares for.

Gosling and co-star Carey Mulligan have a great on-screen chemistry that creates a realistic and frustrating relationship between two very complex characters; the affection showed between the two is extremely authentic and truly believable. However it is Gosling’s wide spectrum of acting in the film that stands out for me; he goes from stony-faced professional, through to an affectionate father-figure, to psychotic criminal. With a fantastic supporting cast, Drive is a showcase of brilliant performances.

The technical side of the production also plays an integral role in the quality and style of the film. First and foremost, the cinematography is absolutely stunning with many shots appearing as though crafted by professional artists. Furthermore, the soundtrack of Drive will surely be in the running for best soundtrack at the Oscars as the song choices and high-octane background music heighten the emotions and tension throughout the film.

Drive is a beautifully crafted film, every aspect contributing to a hard-hitting plot and engrossing atmosphere. The realistic performances allow the audience to root for and empathise with the likable characters, and the inclusion of shocking episodes of extreme violence means that the film constantly surprises and consistently entertains. So if you’re looking for a visually stunning film with a riveting story-line, great performances and a spectacular soundtrack, Drive is the film for you.