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The Great Gatsby mini review

The Great Gatsby yellow light Leonardo DiCaprio Carey Mulligan

Alternately intriguing and infuriating: it’s very like the sort of movie exuberantly excessive Gatsby himself might have made.
I’m “biast” (pro): love Baz Luhrmann, love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have read the source material (and I like it)

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An alternately intriguing and infuriating adaptation of the classic novel that pays accidental tribute, in that it’s very like the sort of movie exuberantly excessive Gatsby himself might have made. Leonardo DiCaprio is a fab Gatsby, but the framing story that puts Tobey Maguire’s Nick Carraway in an asylum changes the story in a way that makes no sense. Overall, one of Baz Luhrmann’s weaker films.


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The Great Gatsby (2013)
US/Can release: May 10 2013
UK/Ire release: May 16 2013

MPAA: rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language
BBFC: rated 12A (contains moderate sex, violence and bloody images)

viewed in 3D
viewed at a semipublic screening with an audience of critics and ordinary moviegoers

official site | IMDb | trailer
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  • RogerBW

    Probably the perfect film for the book, then…

  • Rebecca Dalmas

    Already disappointed by the casting of DiCaprio and Maguire…something about each of them looks like they’re playing dress-up rather than the, respectively, bold and observant roles of the novel. Mulligan on the other hand, I trust.

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