Baz Luhrmann’s reworking of The Great Gatsby opens Friday before going to the Cannes Film Festival next week. There have been a lot of talk about the movie, which has been postponed from its supposed release date last 2012.
Luhrmann translates F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel about the 1920s into the big screen. He turns it into a study of the erosion of the human spirit and the condemnation of conspicuous consumption. The movie has several outstanding performances with an imagery that the filmmaker can be proud of.
The Great Gatsby is rendered in 3D with a soundtrack made by Jay-Z. Director Luhrmann manages to give the movie heart. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby. He deserves to be called great because he single-handedly gives life to the movie that is dragged by Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.
In case you haven’t read the novel yet, The Great Gatsby is about reclaiming lost love as narrated by Nick Carraway (Tobey Mcguire). He just returned from World War I and tries his hand in the financial world. He rents a small cottage on Long Island, which is beside a mansion that holds extravagant parties.
Carraway is never invited to the parties until Gatsby finds out that he is the cousin of Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), who is married to Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). The Buchanans live across the bay from Carraway.
It turns out that Daisy is Gatsby’s lost love. He left her to marry Tom when he went away to join the war efforts. He used to be penniless but now has wealth comparable with Buchanan. He reminds her of what they used to have before and try to make her leave her husband.
The Great Gatsby is not a great movie but DiCaprio’s performance is good enough to make it worth your while. See it for his performance and you will not regret it.