Film Reviews: The Great Gatsby and Star Trek Into Darkness

I was lucky enough to watch two films on their opening days and my reviews came out for them the following day at Juice.

I wrote The Great Gatsby: The Blitzkrieg Heart after watching the very surprising Baz Lurhmann film based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I was shocked. I was prepared not to like the film but I did. Very much, actually, and mostly because of the unbelievably nuanced and layered performances by Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan. I was prepared to not like it for so many reasons and yet I was blown away by how much the material moved me. And Elizabeth Debicki! My goodness! Elizabeth Debicki! She’s magnificent! I was pleasantly surprised.

Carey Mulligan and Leonardo Di Caprio as Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby -- brilliant performances!

Carey Mulligan and Leonardo Di Caprio as Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby — brilliant performances!

I also got to see Star Trek Into Darkness and wrote the review Star Trek Into Darkness: And It Begins. I’m a huge Benedict Cumberbatch fan and this movie just totally and completely seals the deal for me. The man is a god. I had to control myself from turning the whole review into one large schmaltz-fest of gushing about Benedict Cumberbatch. But, really, how could you not be blown away by his screen presence?

I have an alternate title for Star Trek Into Darkness. My alternate title is: 2-Hours of Benedict Cumberbatch Being Awesome. Whether I will still find the film as enjoyable as the first time I saw it on the big screen, I don’t know. That became the problem of the first movie, for me; I didn’t enjoy it as much the second and the third time I saw it. There’s something about the first time you see it and the richness of the world and the explosiveness of the action sequences and the tension between the characters and the like; It’s not the Star Trek that I know and that surprises me and makes me enjoy it. But when I saw Star Trek again, I didn’t enjoy it so much. I wonder if that’s the same for this one. But with Benedict Cumberbatch there, I doubt it. I think I’ll enjoy it just by watching it for him.

But I’m a fan. Since Sherlock, I’ve been a fan. I just have more to work with now.

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