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Movie Review: The Great Gatsby


The best Gatsby...
ISHAN RAYCHAUDHURI | New Delhi, May 18, 2013 17:51
Tags : The Great Gatsby | Movie Review | Leonardo DiCaprio | Amitabh Bachchan | Tobey Maguire |

F. Scott Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby, has historically proven to be a tough beast to tame for the big screen. There have been four attempts previously and none of them were good. Try staying awake through the one made in 1974 , for example.

This time, Baz Luhrmann steps in along with an all star cast, takes a good shot at it and succeeds. Why does he succeed? Just by looking at the scenes, or his earlier work, you would understand that Luhrmann’s greatest strength is his style and flair with which he directs. And The Great Gatsby, desperately needed that to make it a success.

Talking about the plot, the film shows America in all its early 1900’s glory. The new rich made the country a place where everything was larger than life - the great American dream was beginning, and in such a setting the mega star cast was really well chosen.

Leonardo DiCaprio and his real life friend Tobey Maguire play the characters of Gatsby and Nick Carraway respectively, in a manner only they can. DiCaprio’s performance makes this the best Gatsby so far, delicately balanced by Maguire’s charmingly delicate performance. Speaking about charmingly delicate, Amitabh Bachchan, even in his small cameo, makes a hearty mark as Meyer Wolfsheim.

Overall, the film carries with it all the style of its director and cast. However, what made the story so popular and loved, was not the dazzle but its heart. That is where this film falls short and becomes just a feast for the eyes, not so much for the heart

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Adelaide Clemens, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Clarke


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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017