PG-13, 142 minutes, Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow
What’s that saying? Everything old is new again? Well, that’s certainly the case with The Great Gatsby. The Roaring Twenties are hotter than ever – the music, the fashion, hairstyles – Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan! Baz Luhrmann, the director famous for movies like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge, has given us another visual masterpiece.
We all know the story of Jay Gatsby and his tragic rise and fall by know, right? I’ll assume you do. (I highly recommend you re-acquaint yourself with this classic if you don’t!)
Tobey Maguire is the perfect Nick Carraway, the fresh-faced narrator and witness to the escapades to come. His cousin Daisy Buchanan is played by Carey Mulligan. Her fragile beauty and breezy indifference add depth to this shallow character. The real standout performances for me were Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan and Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson.
Fans of the 1974 Francis Ford Coppola version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow and a more genteel portrayal of Fitzgerald’s novel need not despair. The 2013 version is different enough not to diminish its importance. Luhrmann is famous for lavish spectacles and he does not disappoint. The party scenes are a feast for the senses. The true depth to the decadence of the times is felt more than in any other film adaptation. Whether you’re a die-hard Fitzgerald fan or not, this one is a must see!