The visuals and soundtrack were captivating and lavish. All in all I think it is a must see this year for movie buffs. After seeing this film I was more than a little disgusted to see so many negative reviews. Jay-Z's track works incredible well with the film and complements the era in which it is set. You get to know them personally, and after all this is a very personal story. It made Gatsby's love and desire for her even more fascinating- she was beautiful to him and that's all that mattered. It was almost like I didn't know what the ending was because I was so immersed in 1920s New York, and in the lifestyle of The Great Gatsby.
I come to the admission that it has a limit. The characters seem to come out of the screen and get next to you. Tom Buchanan Joel Edgerton is Gatsby's antagonist. No, he did everything, and I mean everything, for the love of a woman. As for Luhrmann's reputation for excess: Well, he certainly visualizes Gatsby's parties as excess, but they are supposed to be excessive, excessive materialism is part of the point of the story. The main problem with this film I find is in the first 20-30 minutes, a common problem I spy in Luhrman films that should by no means define an entire film. Gatsby 2013 is beautiful, over the top, heart wrenching, and thoroughly enjoyable flick that I shall always highly recommend.
The achingly romantic and hopeful Gatsby is played impeccably by DiCaprio. This is not a shining white knight rescuing a damsel in distress; this is a bare knuckles brawl for the hand of Daisy, and she is going to have to choose. Whatever the viewers or readers opinion of the characters are, Gatsby and Daisy do love each other, but Fitzgerald was not interested in boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl and they all live happily ever after. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await. He hones on being a respectable, but idealistically insane man. He truly deserves some recognition come Oscar season. This modern interpretation doesn't forget its themes and morals from the classic F.
And best of all, it is free to try Director : Baz Luhrmann, Screenplay : Baz Luhrmann, Screenplay : Craig Pearce, Director of Photography : Simon Duggan, Original Music Composer : Craig Armstrong, Novel : F. Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. Mulligan was able to play the spoiled and dazed rich girl well, while adding an emotional dimension to the character. Never once does it not take your breath away from its impressive scenery. This belief, that he can change his past, to correct it as it were, has given him a veneer of respectability that has put him in good stead with his underworld connections. The false smiles, the phony handshakes, the uneasiness in being in public, the way Jay Gatsby conducts himself in front of Daisy, and in pursuit of her. DiCaprio is an excellent actor and was perfect for the role.
There are times when Luhrmann can't resist himself and feels the compulsion to punctuate matters with some visual flourish, but I did not find it too distracting. How dare some Aussie come over here and tell us about the meaning of one of the great works of American literature. I must say that I didn't think that Mulligan can pull the role of Daisy, who in my mind was supposed to be a flawless beauty. Not only is this film dramatically satisfying, but also quite humorous and a spectacle like no other. Luhrman stays as true to the source as he can and Dicaprio gives yet another glorious performance. He has aged into a beautiful man while still possessing those boyish good looks.
Carey Mulligan's Daisy is every bit as careless as one would expect, but she also manages to show some complexity in her role. He is very much the viewer as he sees everything happening, but is ultimately helpless to change anything. He is the American success myth both personified and perverted. The character development of Jay Gatsby, and the development of all those surrounding him gives us such a deep look at the relationships of such a diverse category of people. I don't want to review this as a film that tried to beat its preceding film adaptation. Daisy was Gatsby's great love, but he lost her, and now in one final herculean effort he is going to correct his past this one last time.
From grand sets to the detailed period dresses, this film is a treat for the eyes. Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby, on Long Island. Throughout the whole film, as the relationships between all the few main characters become deeper and deeper, and the questions become answered, you just can't help but feel so into the characters' lives. . The Great Gatsby Synopsis: An adaptation of F. DiCaprio embodies a dream and makes you root for him, even though he is shown to be a liar and a man who is desperately trying to steal another's wife- all that does not matter because we see the gentle child-like frailty in him and identify with it. It is a great time at the movies for anyone that enjoys the classic novel or who haven't even heard of it.
It is horribly underrated as it is filled with awards worthy visuals, sets, costumes, direction, and performances. Luhrmann stays true to these themes and displays an avid curiosity about them himself. Where Fitzgerald reached his own aspiration of creating high art is in wondering if living happily ever after is even possible in an age of class consciousness, even class warfare, that is driven by a compulsive materialism in a world changing so fast that we can't even formulate the question before we have to come up with an answer. DeCaprio's Gatsby is forceful, decisive; he is a determined man of significant accomplishment and great ability. Tom is as rich, maybe even richer than Gatsby, but his money is old, he is an aristocrat with a deep sense of entitlement. 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. He has status and wealth because he's supposed to have status and wealth, and he's not about to give up all that, and certainly not his wife, to this new money usurper Gatsby, without a fight.
Scott Fitzgerald, Producer : Lucy Fisher, Producer : Baz Luhrmann, Producer : Catherine Knapman, Producer : Catherine Martin, Executive Producer : Jay-Z, Executive Producer : Barrie M. He has a plan and he is going to execute it and as far as he is concerned, for all the right reasons. He and Daisy were married when Daisy could no longer wait for Gatsby to prove himself worthy of her. He is the self made American man in every way. Tobey Maguire is a great avatar for us to take on as we enter this film. Overall, this is just a great film. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby.