The Great Gatsby

June 16, 2013 at 10:23 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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Saw the remake of the The Great Gatsby the other night at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington.

Plot elements discussed

I have not read the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, nor the Robert Redford film, so I was not sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. The 142 minute film held my interest and attention.

It is a love triangle as seen and described by the cousin of the girl. The ‘girl’ is Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan); the other points of the triangle are Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) and Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio); and the cousin is Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). The Buchanans are ‘old money’ and Gatsby is ‘new money’ – so ‘new’ that it is a little ‘dirty’. In the end it is Gatsby’s obsession that leads to his downfall, and it is Carraway’s humanity that is his.

The story is set in the 20’s – prohibition, colourful times, and jazz music. The scenery is amazing, conspicuous consumption by the rich is the norm: amazing gardens and every party a production. The rich are very self absorbed and isolated from everyday life.

I found that the 3D did not add to the story, at times it was a distraction.


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