Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann

The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books, so naturally when Australian director Baz Luhrmann ambitiously took a swing at F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1925 novel, my expectations were sky-high. 

The story takes place in the Roaring Twenties and is told through the eyes of recovering alcoholic slash New York bonds salesman Nick Carraway (the ever-boyisch Tobey McGuire). Nick's neighbor is mysterious self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby (portrayed wonderfully by Leonardo DiCaprio). At one of his lavish parties, Gatsby asks Nick to arrange a rendezvous with his married cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan). Their re-introduction then sets into motion a  chain of tragic events.

The film is a verbatim adaptation of the book and offers no new interpretations, and the delicate plot had to give way to dazzling imagery and a booming soundtrack, but The Great Gatsby is a 143 minute-long cinematic buffet with definite moments of brilliance. 

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