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The Great Gatsby

Rated PG-13 143 min. 2013



The biggest shock in Baz Luhrmann's Jazz Age fever dream is how reverently the director adapts F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel. Imagining the shock that post-World War I culture inflicted on the 20th-century, he posits a blindingly sparkly CGI Manhattan, and Jay-Z fueled debauches at Gatsby's Long Island party house, with twerking showgirls amongst the Charleston dancers. The spectacle-driven first half tries awfully hard (and is likely even more exhausting in 3-D): The boozy get-together at Myrtle's city apartment, so crucial an introduction to Nick Carraway's life amongst the careless rich, now has shrieking pillow fights and stripping down to old-fashioned underwear instead of being the bleary bootleg-hooch version of The Girl You Wished You Had Never Started Talking To At The Party. But, once it settles down into the characters, the film comes to life. Leonardo DiCaprio's tarnished boyishness as Gatsby compliments Tobey Maguire's Nick, the too-pliant observer: theirs is the film's most intense relationship. Carey Mulligan is delicately beautiful as Daisy but the actress, who carefully angles her Tiffany's product-placement jewelry for the camera, tellingly reveals Daisy's weakness: She's unworthy of both the contempt of her brutish husband Tom (a scary Joel Edgerton) and the idolatry of Gatsby. By the time the story spirals hellward, Luhrmann's extravaganza has illuminated the tragic depths of aspirational America.

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Official Site: thegreatgatsby.warnerbros.com

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Writer: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce and F. Scott Fitzgerald

Producer: Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Amitabh Bachchan and Elizabeth Debicki

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