As a person who loves their literature I could not understand how an adaption of The Great Gatsby could be anything but great.
This romantic drama by Baz Luhhmann captures just about everything I adored in the book, a wonderful and picturesque experience with a stellar soundtrack and impressive cast.
The booming 1920's and the fleeting joy it brought to the glamorous of New York is captured on screen just as quickly as the harrowing reality of prohibition, all night parties and secret loves.
Told as it is in the book by Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), cousin and neighbour to lost millionaires. The film recollects his time with them amidst the materialism and madness, “the restlessness approached hysteria. The parties were bigger. The pace was faster, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher, the morals were looser, and the liquor was cheaper” he comments.
What the critics hate, I adore. This is a film that presents to us the reality of excess, excess to impress. The hauntingly beautiful computer generated imagery, the attention to detail in both fashion and behaviour and the hopeless belief that dreams will come true, are all captured in this two hour long journey of forbidden love and intense drama.
What of Gatsby you say? Well Leonardo DiCaprio was just perfect for the role, sweet, secretive and sauve, hidden secrets galore and the admirable ambition of the great.
His love interest Daisy (Carey Mulligan) is portrayed wonderfully also, beautiful and ditzy, the perfect flapper girl thrown into an emotionally charged love triangle with the assistance of her cousin Nick and influential friends.
Her and Gatsby play out their affair through the movie, longingly and hopelessly, as Nick watches and comments on, deceitful husband Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) becoming more wary with each encounter.
This is an adaption that compliments the original work, charging it with a modern and glitzy twist. Whether a fan or not of the novel, it is worth seeing for the sheer beauty of the production.
What did you think of The Great Gatsby? What is your favourite era?