The Great Gatsby

2013

The Great Gatsby

Critics Consensus

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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Total Count: 288

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Movie Info

"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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Cast

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
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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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  • Feb 28, 2016
    I really enjoyed the visual aspect of this movie. The acting was also very good.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2015
    I was thoroughly unimpressed in more ways than one with Baz Lurhmann's take on one of the nation's greatest novels, The Great Gatsby. Considering Lurhmann has had moderate success with Moulin Rouge! and Romeo & Juliet (where he worked with DiCaprio before) it's disappointing how this adaptation could fall so flat with such powerful stars. While the movie sticks to the source material for the most part, I didn't need the narration from Tobey Maguire the entire time like I was actually reading the book. First, I have never been completely sold on Maguire. I don't think he's a bad actor, but he didn't give any characterization to Nick Carraway. The same goes for most of the actors in this film, including DiCaprio. Nobody's performance deserves any special attention because it felt so cookie-cutter that you might have thought the actors were only showing emotion because of the punctuation on the script they were reading. I know this was a few years ago, but Leo was coming off some of his best movies, and then this interrupted one of the better strings of successful movies for him. Carey Mulligan is always a delight on screen, but other than crying, sobbing or appearing confused, there wasn't much else for her to do. Nothing came together for me while I was watching. Scenes cut in and out of flashbacks. Editing was abysmal. Continuity between scenes was a joke. What was the deal with trying to fuse current music into a movie based in the 1920s? None of it felt right. It was pretty much watching an audio book on screen with all the narration we were drug through and when we finally had a chance to watch what was happening on screen without listening to someone tell us about it, the scenes were filled with awkward pauses and stilted dialogue. Even though Luhrmann stayed faithful to the material, never at any point did I believe it was on par with the magic I read back in high school from Fitzgerald.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2014
    Baz Luhrman's signature style works wonderfully with the source material, capturing the eclectic energy of Fitzgerald's masterpiece without sacrificing the tender emotion and depth of character that made the book so wonderful.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2014
    From an insane asylum (wait, what?), Nick Carraway narrates the story of a socialite's attempts to woo his long-lost love. Baz Luhrmann's lavish style, quick cuts, garish colors, and modern screaming, drum-heavy music attempt to capture the roar of the Roaring Twenties. It's a valiant attempt, and I like when it succeeds and don't get too angry when the style rudely overtakes the story. It's mostly faithful to the source material except for a few glaring dissimilarities that make me wonder if the filmmakers simply felt the need to stamp the story with their spin. Leonardo DiCaprio is good as Gatsby, capturing the lavishness of his excess and the vulnerability of relationship with Daisy, and Tobey Maguire is fine as literature's most famous witness; although, Maguire isn't allowed to express the appropriate moral outrage at the end of the film. Likewise, the script doesn't give enough to Carey Mulligan to expose Daisy's depth. Overall, it's a fair attempt, but Luhrmann's luridness is often misplaced.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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