"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but thats no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…and one fine morning—so we beat on, boats against the current, bourne back ceaselessly into the past"

- Nick Carraway

He smiled understandingly – much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or fives times in life. It faced – or seemed to face – the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey…
—  F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby”
5-11-13

I saw The Great Gatsby last night and, as an enormous fan of the book, I just had a few thoughts.

[May include spoilers]

I thought it was kind of an interesting idea to have Nick be relating the story to a doctor in a mental hospital. Not bad, just interesting.

I feel like so much was put into the visuals of the film that, in a sense, the story itself lost a bit of its heart. I didn’t feel as though I connected with it as much as I did the book. All the plot elements were there and they didn’t make any dramatic changes, it just felt like something was missing.

It lastly bothered me deeply that Owl-Eyes and Gatsby’s father didn’t show up to the funeral as they did in the book. Also, Owl-Eyes was only shown once in the entirety of the movie.

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