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The Great Gatsby
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Aug 29, 2013 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Baz Lurhmann

Actors:
Leonard DiCaprio
Tobey Maguire
Carey Mulligan

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
World War I veteran Nick Carraway (Maguire) becomes involved in the extravagant yet lonely life of his millionaire neighbor Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
For those that skipped high school, The Great Gatsby tells of the series of events surrounding World War I veteran/bond salesman Nick Carraway, his cousin Daisy Buchanan, her husband Tom, and the mysterious millionaire known as Gatsby, whose palatial estate can be seen from Nicks bedroom.

Its not long before Nick (Tobey Maguire) is invited to one of Gatsbys extravagant parties, filled with champagnes, Hollywood big shots and all sorts of over-the-top activities. Its a world filled with disloyalties, excessive drinking and masked identities. And theres nowhere else anyone would rather be in 1922. Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), no matter how handsome, devilish and wealthy, it turns out, is a lonely individual haunted by his lost love: Daisy (Carey Mulligan). And its that passion and Nicks newfound friendship with Gatsby that leads to the tragedies that cannot be undone.

The Great Gatsby is directed by Baz Luhrmann, who is certainly no stranger to excess, as illustrated in Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! This is not simply a recitation of the text but an interpretation like no other. F. Scott Fitzgeralds Great American Novel has adapted before numerous times, notably in 1974 with Robert Redford as Gatsby, Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan and Sam Waterston as Nick Carraway. But this, despite some flaws, is the best.

When it was revealed that Luhrmann would be helming Gatsby, we knew what would come of it. This would be no stale, straight-laced rendition. It would be edited with fast cuts, have sweeping camera movements and be painted with the most colorful tones available. As such, it is a visually stellar achievement, one that captures a time lost long ago and introduces it in 21st-century style.

It doesnt matter that the soundtrack is less jazz than Jay-Z or that Nick is reciting his tale from an asylum (something not included in Fitzgeralds 1925 novel). What matters is that Luhrmann took the essentials (everything from the memorable narration and notable plot points to the green light and old sport camaraderie) and made it his own without losing the meaning.

This version of Gatsby will give some headaches. Some will call it an atrocity. Its not the Gatsby one pictures when they read the novel. We have to accept that that version will never be made, which is a far greater compliment to Fitzgerald than any cinematic retelling could be.

THE EXTRAS
The Greatness of Gatsby (9:14): Director Baz Luhrmann reflects on how he came to adapt The Great Gatsby, while the cast discuss how the project came their way.

Within and Without by Tobey Maguire (8:41): This piece shows Maguire shooting his own personal behind-the-scenes footage.

The Swinging Sounds of Gatsby (12:17): This featurette looks at the music and soundtrack, which includes the likes of Jay-Z, Jack White and Lana Del Rey.

The Jazz Age (15:43) touches on life in the 1920s.

Razzle Dazzle: The Fashion of the 20s (16:22) focuses on the costumes in the film, which were designed by Catherine Martin, who won two Oscars for her work on Moulin Rouge!

Fitzgeralds Visual Poetry (6:55): Here, Luhrmann and Martin discuss how they created a look and style for the film.

Gatsby Revealed explores five standout sequences: Gatsbys Party (7:12), Disconcerting Ride (4:53), Daisy and Gatsby Meet (7:49), The Plaza (4:26), and Pool Scene (5:47).

Deleted Scenes (14:24): There are three here, which can be viewed separately or as a whole. They are: Nick & Jordan, Her Voice Was Full of Money and Alternate Ending.

1926 The Great Gatsby Trailer

Also included are a DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Baz Luhrmanns energetic and colorful interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgeralds classic The Great Gatsby may prove vomit-inducing to some literary enthusiasts, but it maintains the meaning of the novel while modernizing it for todays audiences. This Blu-ray boasts exceptional video and audio transfers and features looks at the filming, music and costumes of The Great Gatsby.
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9:41PM on 08/29/2013
I'm not particularly a fan of Baz Luhrmann's visual stylings (this is apparently considered "toned down" for him) and the hip hop soundtrack worked sometimes and didn't work at others, but I guess I came away pretty entertained. It is visually sumptuous, I just wish the camera weren't spinning so much so I could take it in. And while most would think 3D wouldn't fit The Great Gatsby too well, there were some pretty neat moments. That, and Leonardo DiCaprio was a near-perfect Gatsby. The cast in
I'm not particularly a fan of Baz Luhrmann's visual stylings (this is apparently considered "toned down" for him) and the hip hop soundtrack worked sometimes and didn't work at others, but I guess I came away pretty entertained. It is visually sumptuous, I just wish the camera weren't spinning so much so I could take it in. And while most would think 3D wouldn't fit The Great Gatsby too well, there were some pretty neat moments. That, and Leonardo DiCaprio was a near-perfect Gatsby. The cast in this thing was uniformly really good (apart from a slightly stiff Elizabeth Debicki).
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