Gatsby Wells (Timothée Chalamet) is the scion of a very wealthy New York family. Gatsby’s mother rules her son’s upbringing with an iron fist, but at the Ivy League college, which his mother chose for him, Gatsby lasted only a few months, so he had to be transferred to the Yardley liberal arts college, located outside the city: there is no such pathos as in an Ivy League establishment, but Yardley College is also quite snobbish.
In the student newspaper, Gatsby met another student, aspiring journalist Ashley Enright (El Faning), a simpleton from Arizona, who after some time should inherit the large fortune of her banker father.
This coming Saturday, Ashley is due to meet in Manhattan, New York, with renowned intellectual director Roland Pollard (Lev Schreiber) to interview him for the student newspaper. Gatsby wants to use this opportunity to throw Ashley a weekend away in his beloved New York: he wants to book a room in a chic hotel with windows overlooking Central Park, and he is planning a rich program that includes lunches and dinners at chic restaurants, trips to museums and walks in Central Park.
However, Gatsby has one problem. That same Saturday, his mother had scheduled the Autumn Reception, to which Gatsby was required to attend. But he hates these parties, along with all the public that comes there, so the guy told his mother that he had to finish the course, so he would stay on campus and not come to the city.
So if suddenly the mother finds out that Gatsby was in the city, but did not come to see her, there will be a wildest scandal. But Gatsby is great because he knows how to foresee everything: he will not shoot Carlisle, which is located too close to his parents’ house, but Pierre, which is located at the opposite end of Central Park.
But in New York, things didn’t go as planned. The interview with the director, tired of life and work, dragged on for a long time, after which the simpleton Ashley was completely sucked in by the New York cinema bohemia.
And Gatsby, wandering around rainy New York, accidentally met Chen (Selena Gomez) – the younger sister of his ex-girlfriend. Chen has turned into an interesting young girl – somewhat, however, caustic and sarcastic, but Gatsby himself is the same, so who knows how it will all end, but we understand that Central Park will be involved in one way or another.
This film was released back in 2018, but it fell under the all-destroying rink of the #MeToo, #TimesUp and #AllMenSvo movement: Woody Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan looked at all this mitushnoy bacchanalia and, in turn, quite unexpectedly remembered that 24 years ago was sexually abused by her adoptive father. By the way, her memory returned to her after so many years, obviously not without the help of his ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow, who hates Allen, but who cares?
The main beauty of the #MeToo movement lies not only in the fact that thanks to it real rapists are revealed, who, of course, should be punished, but also in the fact that any woman can say that such and such a man twenty, thirty, fifty years ago touched her knee or slapped her ass – and that’s it, a person’s life is crumbling before his eyes without any opportunity to justify himself, because she is #MeToo, and who is he? That’s right, dick from the mountain and a damn harraster, #TimesUp in his drawbar.
Allen, of course, somehow floundered and resisted, but you can’t argue against such a rink: the film was put on the shelf and it looks like it will never be released in the USA. (And none of the US streaming services have it.) In addition, some of the actors involved in the film did not fail to angrily condemn the director for Dylan’s sudden flashback of memory. The checks carried out showed nothing, Allen was not accused of anything, but why should this prevent trampling on the once beloved director, right?
22-year-old actor Timothee Chalamet, who, apparently, has a brilliant career ahead of him, did not risk this career and made a strong statement on his Instagram that he intends to stand shoulder to shoulder with those who #MeToo for all good against #AllMenSvo for everything bad, so he will transfer his fee for this film … no, helping the starving children of Africa is no longer fashionable now, so Timothy will help Time’s Up organizations, the New York LGBT Center and RAINN.
And a couple of much smaller actors from this film also jumped on this train, loudly renounced their fees and also transferred them somewhere either to LGBT or to RAINN, but, between us, it didn’t hurt that these organizations got rich : in Allen’s films, as you know, the actors get a penny, his films are always low-budget. It’s just that for many it’s an honor to star with Allen. However, it is clear that now this honor will be considered extremely doubtful – just not to fall under the rink, this is a matter of purely personal safety.
Against the backdrop of all this majestic madhouse, only Jude Law noticed that some aunts were already specifically fucked up with this #MeToo, but who would listen to him at all? Everyone knows that he only pretends to be a saint…
However, enough about the unfortunate fate of this film, although there is something very symbolic in the fact that the picture of one of the main chanters of New York will not be shown in New York itself. But the film was released in other countries, including United States, I watched it, so let’s talk about it, especially since this is most likely the swan song of Woody Allen, for whom now there is only one opportunity to make a movie: to use non-American actors who can’t don’t expect to ever break into Hollywood.
So what about the swan song? The swan song turned out to be very simple, and defiantly simple, as if Allen was really making a movie for romantic high school girls. However, this impression is deceptive. No, that is, high school students, it seems to me, should like the film, but at the same time it is of interest to older viewers who know the work of this director well.
Because this movie is double-edged. He seems to be talking about the life of modern, disgustingly wealthy youth, but like most of Woody Allen’s films are about him, so this film is also about him. Obviously, Gatsby is Woody Allen himself, which is directly indicated by a tweed jacket from the last century (who in their right mind would wear a tweed jacket now?), And most importantly, Allen’s ironic phrases and remarks are easily guessed in the mouth of Gatsby. There is no longer Woody’s old orgy of wit, as, for example, in “The Jade Scorpion”, but nevertheless, a certain part of his trademark irony is present, and it is quite recognizable.
By the way, in addition to the young Woody in the person of Timothée Chalamet, there is another young Woody – a former classmate of Gatsby, who is filming his graduation film (during this shooting, Gatsby, in fact, meets Chen). So, the director – a short Jewish intellectual in old-fashioned glasses – is also another alter ego of Allen.
In the film, the action seems to take place with young people in modern New York, but in fact, Allen shows rather the New York of his youth: it’s not for nothing that the main character bears the name Gatsby, which, as a name, does not exist – this is the surname of the protagonist of the novel Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and Gatsby’s monologues have a lot of Holden Caulfield from Sallinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.
And in this picture, there is a lot of double bottom: on the one hand, Allen seems to be openly mocking the self-digging and self-discipline of director Roland Pollard, and on the other hand, whom does he show in this image, if not himself again?!!
Timothée Chalamet as Gatsby is good, but nothing special. Perhaps this character would look much better if he looked more like Woody himself – in this case, the irony and rebellion would look more authentic. And Chalamet, with his delicate features of a kind of cherub, is, it seems to me, a completely different type. But, by the way, maybe Allen really thinks that he was something like this in his youth?
Well, basically yes, one face.
Elle Faning plays “what a lovely fool” © and, in general, portrays her quite successfully. Indeed, what a charm, what a fool, and her incredible adventures in the world of bohemian cinema are quite funny, like all those characters that come across her path: the director in the excellent performance of Lev Schreiber, the screenwriter, who was beautifully portrayed by Jude Law, and the movie star Francisco Vega, in the role of which Diego Luna hilariously played the fool.
Selena Gomez as Chen – well, not bad, but nothing particularly memorable. Well, at least not a puppet beauty with a constantly half-opened mouth, thanks for that.
However, in this film, the actors are not the main thing, oddly enough. In this film, the main thing is New York and the way it is shot by cameraman Vittorio Storaro – a legendary, I note the cameraman who shot “Apocalypse Now”, “The Last Emperor”, “Twentieth Century” and many other famous paintings.
And here the way it is shown really plays: here, it would seem, what can be found in rainy New York? But here it’s all filmed in such a way that even I wanted to go outside in the rain in one tweed jacket, but where can I get a tweed jacket here in Spain, not to mention the rain?!
I like it. The film is completely optional to watch, but it is very moody and leaves a good aftertaste. Cinematic bohemianism is very funny, Allen’s trademark humor, although in homeopathic doses, is present, a couple of hooligan twists are present, rainy New York and old bars with a grand piano in the bushes, which Gatsby recklessly calls a piano, are at their combat posts, so I drink and listen to an Irving Berlin song. This is a quote from the movie.
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Director: Woody Allen Cast: Jude Law, Lev Schreiber, Elle Fanning, Cherry Jones, Selena Gomez, Timothée Chalamet, Diego Luna, Suzanne Smith, Olivia Borham-Wing, Ben Warheit, Griffin Newman
Worldwide gross: $20 million
Romantic comedy, USA, 2019, 92 min.