The Great Gatsby 2013

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The Great Gatsby follows 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...

Starring:
Leonardo Dicaprio, Tobey Maguire
Runtime:
2 hours 22 minutes

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The Great Gatsby

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Baz Luhrmann
Starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Tobey Maguire
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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66 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Jun 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Firstly, please do not let the title of the review fool you - Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" is not just a visually stunning production, it is a great piece of cinematography, wonderfully adapted script and first class acting by the leading cast as well as all the extras. Mr Luhrmann's is one maverick of director, who never shied from over the top productions, and together with great (truly fatastic!) acting by Leonardo DiCaprio and the amazing soundtrack recorded by the most famous names in the contemporary pop - this is a miracle recipe for the greatest Gatsby!

"The Great Gatsby" is visually striking, which is no more and no less that we've come to expect from a Baz Lurhmann's film. Lurhmann never held back from producing and directing stunning works of art. But, compared to his previous works (perhaps with the exception of Romeo + Juliet [DVD] [1996]), which were beautiful and entertaining, but somewhat lacking depth, "The Great Gatsby" has all the important components of a great film.

Lurhmann's attention to detail is admirable, the Scott Fitzgerald's book is read through the cinematography, the director is faithful to the writer's work. Baz Lurhmann is truly pushing the envelope in portraying the overblown madness of the twenties' glamorous living. You can feel the craziness, you experience the insanity, the hysterics, you are living for the day. But beyond its themes of wealth and craziness and obsessing on living for the moment, "The Great Gatsby" is a wonderful, beautiful and tragic love story. It's a twisted romance. It's an instant classic.

DiCaprio is amazing as Gatsby.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill Bailey on 28 Jan 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Baz Luhrman does it again with a wonderful story backed by contempory music and fantastic sets and locations. History brought up to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sharon beadnell on 11 July 2014
Format: DVD
Loved it! I never write reviews but I felt I had to say it was best film ive seen I years.The design of the film, The music.All the stars.I want to watch it again.5/5.♥
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Format: DVD
Really great film, from the director of Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge. His next projects are a kung fu film and an Elvis biopic.
Visually amazing, soundtrack is great, everything awesome. Director's style touches a bit on Sin City with this film.
Gatsby is a frontman for the dark elite.
we have the methodology of new money wanting to join old money. Gatsby became the front man in a Wall Street scam in order to marry his sweetheart and join the old money club he had grown to love as the boyfriend of a millionaire
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
The Great Gatsby is the tale of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio - The Departed) a war veteran with a colourful and incredible past. With the high society in the Long-island towns West Egg & East Egg, Gatsby throws parties of the highest-order impressing all of the locals with his Gothic mansion, art-deco interior and lavish spending on entertainment. But as Gatsby leans on newcomer writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire - Spider-Man) and confides in him, it becomes clear to Nick that not even all the money & respect in the world can satiate Gatsby as he hungers after married Daisy (Carey Mulligan - Drive) - will Gatsby get what he wants and at what cost?

The Great Gatsby is a grandiose affair, the styling of the 1920's lifted straight from the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel of the same name. Resultantly, we have huge set pieces of the lavish parties and splendiferous surrounds of the Gatsby residence. What follows is more a monologue of Nick Carraway lamenting Gatsby's indifference to anything but Daisy, almost as if his world exists only to please her and the extent that he will go to have her. Ultimately, TGG is a fantastically well filmed affair, credit to Baz Luhrman (director of other grand show-pieces such as Moulin Rouge) lasting just over 140 mins.
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Format: DVD
Music videos are designed to hold the attention with rapid fire editing and overblown action sequences and CGI. But when the same techniques are stretched into feature film length, the results can be rather draining.

Baz Luhrmann has said that had he included everything that was in the original novel, his film would have been seven hours long. And yet three other film versions have made good attempts at adapting the whole story.

This version starts to go down hill with the rendering of the scene where Nick visits Daisy and Tom for dinner. Some of Fitzgerald's dialogue is employed, but easily missed with characters talking over each other. The episode then sinks into slapstick with Nick taking a pratfall. The symbolism of the green light at the end of the dock is taken up and exaggerated into a surreal fluorescent search light shrouded in fog. Perhaps more of the original story could have been included if the film hadn't invented unnecessary scenes, such as Nick narrating his tale in a sanatorium, with a psychiatrist in the room. Where did that idea spring from?

The burgeoning relationship between Nick and Jordan is completely ignored. In fact throughout, there is a bizarre determination to portray Nick as a loser. All subtlety is lost , with scenes taken to simplified extremes. The afternoon party at Myrtle's New York apartment just stops short of becoming an orgy and the business lunch with Meyer Wolfsheim takes place in a speakeasy complete with dancing girls and a floor show. This is lunch time, for goodness sake!

In an essay about New York, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: "Restlessness of New York in 1927 approached hysteria".
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