The Great Gatsby

*****

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Gatsby

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki, Jack Thompson, Amitabh Bachchan

You’re going to hear a lot about Gatsby. From critics they’ll be negatives. From audiences watching, total concentrated, joyful, breathtaking silence. From me, a simple definition – Masterpiece: [mas-ter-pees, mah-ster-] noun 1. a person’s greatest piece of work, as in an art. 2. anything done with masterly skill. 3. a consummate example of skill or excellence of any kind.

Despite what the jaded, unwashed world of movie reviewers may say, this film is nothing short of Baz Luhrmann’s Masterpiece, wrapped around Oscar worthy acting performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire, stunning 3D technology, captivating visuals and perfect music scoring. And, it’s all tied up around one of the greatest stories in American literature. I can’t imagine what more any film viewer could possibly want.

If you’re not familiar with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous 1925 novel, required reading when I went to school, “The Great Gatsby” tells the story of a mysterious and dapper man of the “20’s” with a questionable past who appears to be wasting millions and millions of dollars in the pursuit of his lost love. However, the true genius of the tale is less its romantic scope and more a discovery of the disintegration of the American dream in an era of unprecedented prosperity and material excess.

Story line:

Would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) arrives in New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loose morals, hot jazz, speakeasies, and a rocketing stock market. Renting a cottage to live in across the water from his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering, blue-blooded husband Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton), Nick lands next door to the mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). Slowly Nick is drawn into the entrancing world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. It is from Nick’s pen that the hidden story of this world unfolds.

Here in the fourth film incarnation of the novel; Mr. Luhrmann has finally done justice to the source material. In order to do that, to express the contrasts of the times and to build to the excesses, uninhibited behavior, and chaos of his grand-scale Gatsby party centerpiece (a must see movie experience), he creates a film of rare depth filled with unrestrained visual excesses itself. A film about the excesses of the period made with excesses of our times by utilizing all the advanced film-making technology available to him today. Simply Brilliant.

Of course, DiCaprio’s Gatsby is perfection itself; his performance is simply mesmerizing. You won’t be able to look away. Tobey Maguire is equally arresting as our guide into Gatsby’s world. Joel Edgerton’s turn as Daisy’s entitled husband is spot on, and Carey Mulligan shines as Gatsby’s woman of desire. Actually everyone in the cast is just wonderful.

All in all, THE GREAT GATSBY is a rare cinematic treat, not to be missed, and in this case I recommend you see it in 3D. Enjoy.

Alyn Darnay-Alyn Darnay of Chaos Films


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