Top job on the writing and directing, Joel Edgerton! I shouldn’t be surprised, he’s one hell of a talent who has been around for ages, and needs to come into his own.
So, The Gift. This is a film where you do not want to reveal much, because it is such a well-paced, well-told story. Let’s just say that when Simon (Jason Bateman) and his wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) move back to near where Simon grew up and he accidentally reconnects with a schoolmate, Gordo (Joel Edgerton), things do not go the way anyone expects.
I was totally with the characters, and while I wondered why some decisions were being made, I went with it. I was scared, I was confused, I hated each of them at different times, and I was magnificently relieved when it ended.
Don’t read anything about it. Just watch it.
Husband and wife Dave(Joel Edgerton) and Alice Flannery (Felicity Price) take a trip to South East Asia with her sister Steph (Teresa Palmer) and friend Jeremy (Antony Starr). Alice is pregnant so, the night of a Full Moon festival, she heads to bed while the others party. The next day, Jeremy is gone, and eventually, the others return home. Gradually, the story unwinds.
I found this film quite traumatic. Possibly because it is, for the most part, very plausible. It is easy to imagine things getting out of hand on holiday, and while this is extreme, it may well have happened. The tension came about through the gradual reveal, and that the audience only knew as much as the characters. There were a lot of parts I hated, but they were when people were being horrible to each other. For me, this definitely fits into the sadtacular category – a good film that I do not ever want to see again.
Nick Caraway (Tobey Maguire) decides in the boom of the 1920s to become a trader in New Work, taking a small house in Long Island. He soon becomes lured into the wild, decadent life of his neighbour, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). In the spin of things are his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her husband, Tom (Joel Edgerton).
The idea of Baz Luhrmann making the film got me quite excited – it really needs the lavish touch that only Baz can bring. I had been concerned that some of the deeper moments may be lost – especially as I’d heard on the grapevine that the film was only about glitz and glamour and lost the key themes. I must read the book again, but for me it worked beautifully as is. I must keep my eyes open for if it gets re-screened in 3D. I’d like to see that, especially the tracking shots through the amazing parties.