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The Great Gatsby

30 May

the great gatsbyA Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor. (IMDb)

So, I have been looking forward to this movie since I first heard murmurings about it. Thankfully, it lived up to my expectations. The cast was great, it was visually mesmerizing to watch, and really faithful to the book. In fact, I loved how faithful it was to the book, down to exact passages. I really enjoyed the cast. Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan were a perfect Gatsby and Daisy. They came off as a disillusioned man chasing after an empty shallow woman, which is how it should be. I loved the pair of them. I also really enjoyed newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan. She has a commanding presence and is great to watch. Tobey Maguire disappears amongst this cast of larger than life characters, but I guess it kind of works for Nick, the outsider who works his way in. But I guess I would have liked a little more of a presence from him. As I said earlier, visually, the grand scope of it all was massively impressive. But if Baz Luhrmann can do anything, it’s grand scope. I also enjoyed the modern music fused with the movie. I thought it worked really well. The only thing I wish was better was the tonal shift that happens in the latter half of the movie. In the book, once reality is shattered and everything starts going bad, there is a huge shift in tone. I wish that shift would have been as dramatic in the movie. Instead, it remained big, whimsical, melodramatic, even the deaths. I think the story would have been better served if the party went away, both literally and visually. Overall though, this a very faithful adaptation that I thoroughly enjoyed.

8.5/10

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