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The Great Gatsby - Film Review

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Published June 3rd 2013
"It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it that you may come across four or five times in life"

This famous quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby introduces one of the many rare qualities that make Gatsby and his story worth telling on the big screen.



Gatsby was a man surrounded by the wealth of the roaring twenties with a modest wish to win back a love that sparked a hope for him to live by. It was a simple love story portrayed through the wealth of the century, the extravagant parties that followed and the tragedy of adultery and ignorance that accompanied as a result.

The film was an outstanding portrayal of the 20's classic with its attention to detail in its authentic portrayal of the decade's attire, language and personality that captivated the audience.

Leonardo DiCaprio continues to give his name credit to what a great actor entails with his role as Gatsby and delves into another thought provoking, mesmerizing film that emanates sympathy, hope and Fitzgerald's literary intelligence that continues to be portrayed through the storytelling technique of an external figure, Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). Carey Mulligan successfully portrays the beautiful fool that is Daisy through her soft spoken, quiet tears that are deceived by the world of riches and later consumed by it because of her fear and confusion.

The intensity of the theme which stems from the simplicity of the story line is well executed through the believable portrayal of Nick's curiosity and admiration of Gatsby, Tom's power struggle, Daisy's submission to the inevitable fate of a woman and Gatsby's insecurity, hope, rise to riches and his raw emotion for Daisy's love and acceptance.

The mystery, the grandeur, the love, the action and the overwhelming qualities of the characterization make The Great Gatsby a film worth watching.

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Why? F. Scott Fitzgerald gets the Baz Luhrmann treatment
Where: In Cinemas
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Why would you make a movie set in the 1930s with all the cars, clothes, decor and houses and then put crappy, modern music on the soundtrack? Why would you not have the magnificent jazz and swing music of the era? I won't be wasting my time watching this.
by rhysm (score: 1|46) 1959 days ago
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