The Great Gatsby 2012

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The Great Gatsby follow Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

Starring:
Adelaide Clemens, Carey Mulligan
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 16 minutes
Starring Adelaide Clemens, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amitabh Bachchan, Callan McAuliffe, Jason Clarke, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher
Director Baz Luhrmann
Genres Romance
Studio WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Rental release 10 January 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles Dutch, French, English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 16 minutes
Starring Adelaide Clemens, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amitabh Bachchan, Callan McAuliffe, Jason Clarke, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher
Director Baz Luhrmann
Genres Romance
Studio WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Rental release 10 January 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 16 minutes
Starring Adelaide Clemens, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amitabh Bachchan, Callan McAuliffe, Jason Clarke, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher
Director Baz Luhrmann
Genres Romance
Studio Warner Home Video
Rental release 10 January 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles Icelandic, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, French, English
Hearing impaired subtitles Italian, English

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HipsterSithGuy on 27 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
I initially didn't want to see this film. As someone who formerly disliked a lot of Baz Luhrmann's filmography with the exception of Romeo and Juliet, I thought that him adapting F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel would be a cataclysmic failure. It was only after rewatching Moulin Rouge recently that I changed my mind about watching this film. Moulin Rouge recently became one of my new favourite films and I was interested in indulging myself in watching The Great Gatsby. This film, whilst not great, does remain an ambitious and intriguing adaptation of the book with Luhrmann's own style integrated into the story. Despite the mixed reception this film got, it has been popular with audiences and one of the most underrated films of last year.

One of the best aspects of The Great Gatsby is the casting. Pretty much every actor equips themselves well into their roles and they all suit their characters. Leonardo DiCaprio is perfect as Gatsby, completely capturing his suaveness and charm as well as displaying his insecurities, particularly when discussing his past or when pursuing Daisy. Carey Mulligan does great work as Daisy and conveys the character's selfishness well. Joel Edgerton is great as the imposing and unrestrained Tom. Tobey Maguire is probably the weak spot but even his role as Nick is impressive and plays the role of observer very well in the story. Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke also make the most out of their smaller roles.

One of the central criticisms of the film is Luhrmann's use of modern day pop and RNB songs in a film taking place in the 20s. Whilst employing the use of jazz music in some scenes as well as Bach, he also uses hip hop tunes for some of the party scenes as well as songs from Lana Del Rey, Beyonce and the Black Eyed Peas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By neil kirby on 6 April 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Maybe it's my age, but being brought up at the time on the 1974 film version of 'The Great Gatsby' which was a faithful interpretation of the book, but which itself was labelled as disappointing, I can't help but think that Luhrmann's version of Fitzgerald's classic novel is lost beneath the waves of a storm of CGI and Hip-Hop.
Tobey Maguire's interpretation of Nick Carraway is flaccid and one-dimensional, leaving aside the incongruity of Luhrmann making a recovering alcoholic out of Fitzgerald's teetotal narrator, Joel Edgerton's Tom Buchanan is brutish with no other distinguishable characteristic, whilst Carey Mulligan shimmers as Daisy, but otherwise gives no hint as to why a man would devote his life to capturing her heart.
Only Leonardo DiCaprio displays empathy in his characterisation of Gatsby, but he too is overwhelmed by the film's pyrotechnics.
Perhaps, ultimately, 'The Great Gatsby' is unfilmable and should be left to rest for another generation.
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By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2014
Format: DVD
Having not yet read the novel, I have to admit that THE GREAT GATSBY was not exactly what I was expecting. And I have to say that I do wish I had managed to read it before seeing this adaptation. It will be interesting to see what I make of it once I do read the novel.

Visually, this film is stunning. There is obviously a lot of CGI - the opening scenes showing the houses and gardens of Gatsby's house by the bay appear just out of a dream. Although this perhaps feels a little incongruous, given the period in which the filvers set, it does make watching GATSBY a beautiful experience. I also felt that the soundtrack was amazing. Although is has been given a contemporary sound, the music and the scores work perfectly for the film. It creates a sense that, despite the action taking place in a much earlier period, that the issues and themes the story examines are still relevant today.

A brief synopsis of the film is that Gatsby, played by DiCaprio, is a young single man who is more than a little mysterious. He throws huge, extravagant parties which are attended by all in New York, yet the mystery which surrounds is how he managed to acquire such wealth and what are the parties for? THE GREAT GATSBY is a very decadent film. It examines wealth, hope, greed, obsession, betrayal and the keeping of secrets. Perhaps one of the biggest questions from this film is, doe it matter where we come from, how we start out in life? And, if it does, why does it matter? Personally, I did think that they could have examined the relationship triangle of DiCaprio, Mulligan and Maguire closer than they did, but this is only one small gripe.

I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys stories about love, loss and the lengths people will go to in order to try and reclaim the past.
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73 of 89 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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