(There are lots of spoilers here and I'm not marking them, just so you know.)
|Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee)|
Gatsby is about a dreamer named Jay who loves a girl named Daisy. West is about a dreamer named Jay who loves a girl named Rose.
Both Jay Gatsby and Jay Cavendish go to extreme lengths to chase down the flower-named girl they dream of.
|Rose (Caren Pistorius) and Daisy (Carey Mulligan)|
And both Daisy and Rose don't actually love the Jay who loves them.
There's a scene in Gatsby where Jay reaches for the light on the end of Daisy's dock across the water. There's a scene in West where Jay reaches for the stars above him.
Both Jay Gatsby and Jay Cavendish die of a gunshot wound. Both of them are killed over a case of mistaken identity -- Wilson shoots Gatsby because he thinks Gatsby killed his wife. Rose shoots Cavendish because she thinks he's one of the bounty hunters come to kill her.
Both The Great Gatsby and Slow West are narrated by an unreliable character who both admires and looks down on the character named Jay.
|Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) and Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender)|
And both stories revolve around class conflict. Gatsby has a rich girl loved by a poor boy, and West has a poor girl loved by a rich boy.
Maybe I'm just seeing things, or I'm very drawn to stories with these themes, so of course I see parallels? I don't know! But I thought it was cool.