The Great Gatsby


The Great Gatsby

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While certainly ambitious -- and every bit as visually dazzling as one might expect -- Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby emphasizes visual splendor at the expense of its source material's vibrant heart.



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"The Great Gatsby" follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. -- (C) WB

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Carey Mulligan
as Daisy Buchanan
Tobey Maguire
as Nick Carraway
Isla Fisher
as Myrtle Wilson
Joel Edgerton
as Tom Buchanan
Jason Clarke
as George B. Wilson
Amitabh Bachchan
as Meyer Wolfsheim
Steve Bisley
as Dan Cody
Callan McAuliffe
as Teen Jay Gatsby
Elizabeth Debicki
as Jordan Baker
Vince Colosimo
as Michaelis
Max Cullen
as Owl Eyes
Heather Mitchell
as Daisy's Mother
Barry Otto
as Benny McClenahan
John Sheerin
as The Police Captain
Nick Tate
as Taxi Driver
Jack Thompson
as Dr. Walter Perkins
Matthew Whittet
as Vladimir Tostoff
Kim Knuckey
as Senator Gulick
Gemma Ward
as Languid Girl
Daniel Gill
as Police Commissioner
Bryan Probets
as Gardener
Bill Young
as Policeman-Wilson's Garage
Goran D. Kleut
as Head Waiter-Speakeasy
Kate Mulvany
as Mrs. McKee
Jake Ryan
as Motorcycle Cop
Lisa Adam
as Weeping/Singing Woman
Frank Aldridge
as Well Dressed Male Witness-Wilson's Garage
Mal Day
as The Boss -Probity Trust
Emmanuel Ekwensi
as Jazz Player
David Furlong
as Walter Chase
as Trimalchio the Orchestra Leader
Price Johnson
as Singer-Wilson's Garage
Barrie Laws
as Party Guest
Mark Lemon
as The Professor
John Maumau
as The Boxer
Brendan Maclean
as Klipspringer
Ben McIvor
as Clerk-Probity Trust
Hamish Michael
as Clerk-Probity Trust
Brian Rooney
as Clerk-Probity Trust
Nick Meenahan
as Train Conductor
Olga Miller
as Russian Silent Film Actress
Gus Murray
as Teddy Barton
John O'Connell
as Newton Orchid
Corey Blake Owers
as Louisville Officer
Tasman Palazzi
as Young James Gatz
Milan Pulvermacher
as Waiter-Hotel Sayre
Brenton Prince
as Guard at Gatsby's Gates
Alfred Quinten
as Party Guest
Ghadir Rajab
as Footman
Nicholas Simpson
as Second Policeman-Wilson's Garage
Kasia Stelmach
as Silent Film Star Marlene Moon
Eden Falk
as Mr. McKee
Sylvana Vandertouw
as European Woman
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Audience Reviews for The Great Gatsby

Visually stunning, as expected with Luhrmann, to the degree of a somewhat artificial look. That works for this film, though and makes for a very unique atmosphere. Thankfully, the interesting characters and their actors are not held back by all the pomp, although the film does remain somewhat superficial compared to the novel. But especially the end is really well delivered.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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A very faithful adaptation that, with all its glamorous costume and production design, overstylized visuals and anachronistic music that only add to it, proves to be a surprisingly riveting experience and lives up to the good novel that inspired it.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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It would be cheeky of me if I wasn't forthright in saying that most of Baz Luhrmann's films have put me off. I understand his technique and I appreciate his craft, but the actual films are often too quick with their cuts, too nauseating with their one-note characters, and too over-the-top, period. Yet all of those attributes work very well for a true adaptation of "The Great Gatsby." Not only does it show the opulence of the time period, and the excess of Gatsby's lifestyle, but the drama of the love story between Gatsby and Daisy. Luhrmann is a wizard at turning visually crazed love stories into grand tragedies, and there's no better story than this literary powerhouse. While the backdrops are impossibly cloying, as they are CGI, the rest of the film, from modern soundtrack to big as life performances, feels as emotionally spectacular and huge as the original text. For what it was trying to do and for what it showed, Luhrmann easily succeeded and adapted this poignant love story.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

There's a lot to like in this version of F .Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel of the jazz age, although this one's a little to "jazzy" for me. Aussie director Baz Luhrmann was an awesome choice to head this project. He captures the spectacle of the novel and its age better than any other I can imagine. It's reminiscent of his earlier works "Romeo + Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge!" The best aspect of the film is the cinematography: the sets, fashion, jewelry, etc. are executed to perfection. The cast is excellent; DiCaprio owns this role as much as any he's played. Tobey Maguire is great as well; he's as effective as Sam Waterston was in the 1974 version. I've always thought he owned that role. Robert Redford was good in that version. He's not the actor that DiCaprio is, but he certainly looked the part. Carey Mulligan surprised me how well she played Daisy Buchanan, although after seeing her performance in "An Education," I knew she was destined for greatness. Summing up what I liked and what I didn't is almost as simple as the film's emphasis on style over substance. That emphasis encompasses the whole jazz age, so that the film portrays that should come as no surprise. Everyone and everything as seen through the eyes of Nick, the narrator, is completely superficial. As an indictment of the near-universal values of the era, this film really works. I did not like much of the soundtrack. It was distracting and anachronistic, just a device to relate the jazz age material to the hip hop generation. Luhrmann's Gatsby is certainly visually stunning and undeniably entertaining, but I think the "update" detracts from the real power of the story.

Clintus Maximus
Clintus Maximus

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