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The Great Gatsby

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2013
  • Baz Luhrmann
  • 142 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Period romantic drama directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. New York, 1922: aspiring writer Nick Carraway moves to a tiny house on Long Island adjoining the ostentatious property of enigmatic tycoon Jay Gatsby. It's not long before Nick is invited to one of the millionaire's lavish parties where he becomes embroiled in a love triangle involving his cousin Daisy, her philandering husband Tom and Gatsby himself.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Putting on a good show is paramount for Jay Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald's great literary creation. It's a philosophy shared by director Baz Luhrmann whose adaptation of the author's key work is full of razzmatazz. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Gatsby, the new-money millionaire throwing lavish parties in an attempt to win back his Long Island neighbour's fragile cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan), having lost her to playboy heir Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). As DiCaprio puts in a highly polished performance, Luhrmann makes the Jazz Age shiny and new again with lavish sets and a score that blends Gershwin and Jay-Z. It's DiCaprio who also tones things down, conveying Gatsby's darkening love for Daisy, when all the colour and the clamour gets too much. And as Nick, the cousin and eventual co-conspirator, Tobey Maguire offers a critical perspective on the culture of excess (chiming with the post "credit crunch" mood). Luhrmann's extravagances do threaten to drown out that voice and elevate Gatsby too high - Gatsby too, after all, is greedy (albeit for love). But if the unrelenting glitz can feel counter-intuitive, Luhrmann isn't being sacrilegious. This is more an unabashed expression of love for the book that's slightly lost its way. Much like Gatsby himself.

Credits

Cast

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Jay GatsbyLeonardo DiCaprio
Nick CarrawayTobey Maguire
Daisy BuchananCarey Mulligan
Tom BuchananJoel Edgerton
Myrtle WilsonIsla Fisher
George WilsonJason Clarke (2)
Jordan BakerElizabeth Debicki
Dr Walter PerkinsJack Thompson
Meyer WolfsheimAmitabh Bachchan
Young Jay GatsbyCallan McAuliffe
Dan CodySteve Bisley
Owl EyesMax Cullen
CatherineAdelaide Clemens

Crew

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DirectorBaz Luhrmann

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2013-05-17
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence, a sex scene.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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