The Great Gatsby

The thought of an adaptions of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in 3D sounds kinda unnecessary and pointless. When you hear that Baz Luhrmann adapting  F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in 3D, suddenly it makes sense as Luhrmann excessive flare may bring some interesting glam to the great American book.  Centred on the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a millionaire who throws parties all summer but who no one seems to know anything about, is perfectly cast. Leonardo DiCaprio is the perfect choice for the role for this generations retelling. He’s charming and sharp-looking and can balance of conference that the role demands. Yet DiCaprio adds layers of vulnerability and torment as he reaches out blindly to win back the love of his life, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), the wife of a rich socialite who cheats on her every five seconds. Daisy is a tragic character in her own way by having this relationship with  offish Joel Edgerton because she can’t  believe  in a better life for herself. Toby Maguire plays Daisy’s cousin Nick Carraway, a bond salesman that rents a small house next door to Gatsby’s mansion, is the real lead that holds the story together. It’s through is eyes that we view the film and Maguire carries this role tremendously.

As good as the cast is, they all fall second fiddle to Luhrmann himself. His style is always loud, brash and in your face. It can rub some viewers the wrong way but there he is some what restraint, even though he does try to over take the narrative with his grand visuals. Having the words of  Fitzgerald’s novel float out on-screen in 3D as a way of highlighting his use of words. Though the 3D is always at its best at the end credits (typical). He also fits in car chases when anyone is in a vehicle in almost in a 1920’s version of the fast and furious. As always, Luhrmann uses modern songs to hyper up the period piece setting. It works for the most part matching the party life style these young socialites enjoy themselves without any regard for anything else. Lana Del Rey song “Young and Beautiful works really well and is surprisingly not annoying, however the use of Jay-Z’s Izzo is one step too far..

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