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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3.9 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JLH on 11 Oct. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I found this film to be very absorbing. I could not help comparing it with Moulin Rouge, even if I had not been aware it was the same director:
Similar unusual, colourful sequences with the camera zooming into scenes, sometimes from afar. The outlandish decadence, colourful characters. The often lavish costumes, jewellery and sets and props. The often very lively music- sometimes almost out of place- but not quite. The 'Green Light', instead of 'The Green Fairy' and the tragic love story. Obviously a lot of CGI was used- but how else could the film be made?
The 142 minutes went very quickly for me and I've added the book to my reading list.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 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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There wasn't a minute of this film during which I was bored. As usual with Baz Luhrmann, if there wasn't emotion on screen, there was some kind of visually impressive spectacle. I spent much of the running time wowed by the extraordinary visuals, which was probably a good thing, as for the first half of the film, it's distinctly light on plot.
While we're introduced to Maguire's fairly innocent wannabe writer and everyone wonders who the mysterious Mr Gatsby is, almost all of the rest of the time is filled by drunken parties whose whirling colours, enthusiastic dancers and flying confetti / ribbons / champagne corks put the can-can scene in Moulin Rouge to shame. They're a breathtaking example of candy for the eyes - nobody does decadent opulence like Luhrmann.
However, once the actual plot begins to emerge, and the love story develops, similarities with his earlier well-loved work start to rear their heads a bit too often. Star-crossed lovers who yearn to be together? Yep. Furiously paced, noisy parties to open the movie and fill out the running time until something actually happens? Yep. A comically awkward first romantic meeting? Yep. A jilted lover? Yep. A writer relating the story? Yep. Someone even breaks out a revolver near the climax.
While the film was undoubtedly enjoyable, I would have liked it more if it hadn't felt like it was struggling so hard to follow Moulin Rouge's template and had been allowed to be more of its own animal.
It's a visually gorgeous, dramatic movie. It's just a slight disappointment that you've seen this dame before - just wearing a more theatrical French dress...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Jeavons on 4 Jun. 2014
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Beautiful cast members, beautiful sets, beautiful costumes, this film is wonderful - Leonardo is a genius and the support cast excellent - Recommend - 10/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vickimoo on 20 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
Yet another success from Lhurmann. The sets, the music and of course Dicaprios ability to portray pretty much any character scored a 10/10 for me!
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71 of 87 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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