The Great Gatsby an adaptation of the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It follows aspiring writer Nick Carraway a Midwesterner who goes to New York in the spring of 1922 to follow the American Dream. The 1920’s is an era of glittering jazz, loose morals and a roaring stock market.
He lands next door to Jay Gatsby, a mysterious, aloof and party-loving millionaire. He is fascinated by the elaborate parties held at his neighbor’s estate. Across the bay are his cousin Daisy and her philandering husband, aristocrat Tom Buchanan.
Nick Carraway writes a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. Inspired by the debauchery on display at Gatsby’s wild parties and the lives of the wealthy elite, Carraway begins putting pen to paper as it gradually becomes clear that his cousin and the millionaire share a complicated romantic past that remains unresolved.
The movie is technically good but it is bogged down by unnecessary glitz. There is too much glitz that it is too artificial and not very believable. Like the other movies made by the director, there is too much spectacle and sensory overload. Everything seems to be in place, good cinematography and the performances are great but there is too much style and glitz that it looks very artificial that the movie somehow fails to connect.
It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, and Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan and Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson.