The Great Gatsby (2013) Director: Baz Luhrmann
The film is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous and far superior novel, though the film takes considerable liberties from its structure.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire plays Nick Carraway. We all know the plot of the brilliant book by Fitzgerald – a tale of lost dreams and elusive romances around Long Island, New York, told against the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties and the nouveau riche.
It is surely an entertaining film -it’s just not The Great Gatsby. The set for Gatsby’s mansion was shot in Wales. It won a couple of Academy Awards for costume and set design.
The acting in the film is forgettable. The huge and modern set designs (as well as the contemporary soundtrack featuring Jay-Z and Kanye West) distract from the significance of the novel. Ultimately the film is poor and entirely forgettable.