The Great Gatsby (2013)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Romance


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A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby.


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11 May 2013 | TheConnoisseurReviews
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Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," is fairly accurate to the classic novel and keeps most of its themes intact. However, Luhrmann's own flair adds a new dimension to the story. Visually this film is incredibly stunning. From grand sets to the detailed period dresses, this film is a treat for the eyes. Never once does it not take your breath away from its impressive scenery. Many people might be worried about the updated music, but there is nothing to fear. Jay-Z's track works incredible well with the film and complements the era in which it is set.

The direction in this film is impeccable. The cinematography is marvelous and really lets the viewer absorb the sheer artistry that has gone into making this film. Luhrmann keeps a high level of energy throughout the film and the party sequences are choreographed and edited in a way that it makes you feel envious of not being apart of it. Editing in the film is seamless and really keeps the viewer engaged. A common criticism the film receives is that it is more style than substance, however, I must disagree. This modern interpretation doesn't forget its themes and morals from the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald tale.

Performances are phenomenal by the entire cast. Carey Mulligan's Daisy is every bit as careless as one would expect, but she also manages to show some complexity in her role. Tobey Maguire is a great avatar for us to take on as we enter this film. He is very much the viewer as he sees everything happening, but is ultimately helpless to change anything. The true standouts in the film are Joel Edgerton and Leonardo DiCaprio. Edgerton as Tom Buchanan brings a lot of personality to his character that I thought was absent in the book. He's a bit more tender and more vulnerable, especially when he finds out his wife's secret. The true award recognition worthy performance comes from DiCaprio's Gatsby. He hones on being a respectable, but idealistically insane man. His performance is not only compelling, but also charming and quit hopeful. He truly deserves some recognition come Oscar season.

Overall, "The Great Gatsby" is a fantastically entertaining and enthralling film. It is horribly underrated as it is filled with awards worthy visuals, sets, costumes, direction, and performances. It is a great time at the movies for anyone that enjoys the classic novel or who haven't even heard of it. Not only is this film dramatically satisfying, but also quite humorous and a spectacle like no other. I give it 4.5/5, a great adaptation of one of the greatest novels ever written.

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Trivia

Elizabeth Debicki's first Hollywood role and second feature film, though it was shot in her home country of Australia. Her first time coming to America would be to screen test with Tobey Maguire for director Baz Luhrmann.


Quotes

Nick Carraway: In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice. "Always try to see the best in people," he would say. As a consequence, I'm inclined to reserve all judgements. But even I have a limit.


Goofs

When Nick is finally invited to the party, he tries to find Gatsby but is told by several party-goers that no one has ever seen him and they don't know if he actually exists. Later in the movie,there are flashbacks of newspapers with front page stories of Gatsby buying up New York with several showing his picture as part of the article.


Crazy Credits

The flower with the initials 'JG' appeared when they dissolved at the beginning and they returned at the end.


Soundtracks

Empire State Of Mind (Pt II) Broken Down
Written by
Jay-Z (as Shawn JAY Z Carter), Al Shux (as Alexander Shuckburgh), Sylvia Robinson, Bert Keyes, Alicia Keys (as Alicia Augello-Cook), Angela Hunte and Janet Sewell (as Jane't Sewell)
Published by © 2009 WB Music Corp., Carter Boys Music, Gambi Music Inc., Global Talent Publishing. Lellow Productions / J Sewell Publishing / Masani Elshabazz Music.
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd, EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited. and Fable Music Pty Ltd
Performed by Alicia Keys
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd

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Genres

Drama | Romance

Box Office

Budget:

$105,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,085,185 12 May 2013

Gross USA:

$144,840,419

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$353,641,984

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