"The Great Gatsby" is a fantastic love story showcasing some of the finest acting to come from Hollywood heavies such as Leonardo Di Caprio and Tobey Maguire.
The film is grand to say the least, it's rich in depth, as to be expected from such a great book. Gatsby takes you on a journey to a beautiful land full of interesting characters painted within magnificent backdrops. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and it is easily one people will be talking about for years to come. So let's take a walk "Old Sport" as we Unhinge "The Great Gatsby".
To begin, I would like to say that this is a grand film, all aspects about it are larger than life.
Everything from the performances to the cinematography give it that phenomenal texture.
Baz Luhrmann did a wonderful job of directing this amazing tale of one man's dream to reach for the stars. It's told from a narrative perspective at times courtesy of Nick Carrawy(Maguire) and for a large duration of the film you feel like a guest traveling with the characters. The reason the movie is so captivating has to stem largely from the fact that the story line is from Fitzgerald's 1925 classic, The Great Gatsby.
Leonardo Di Caprio stars as J. Gatsby, a sophisticated intellectual man with a ton of wealth, but no true point of origin. Throughout the film, there is a lot of speculation on how Gatsby has amassed his fortune and charismatic ways, but this mystery is what draws people in. Now, for a lot of characters we see on the big screen, it's fairly easy to put them in a box and place judgement, but not Gatsby. His character is so dynamic, so engaging that you wonder what he'll do or say next. Leo did an excellent job of taking on this epic role and truly bringing this great character to life on screen for all of us to enjoy.
As I mentioned above, Carraway's narrative often pilots the film-he talks about how he met Mr. Gatsby and it's just an incredible story, you really wish Gatsby was a real person. Maguire has this ability to have a blank, but meaningful gaze in his characters that lets you know his gears are turning within. This definitely adds to how his character, Carraway is so taken with Gatsby and allows himself to be immersed into a world of unknown sensation. Carraway is a driving force within the story and acts as a crucial axis on which a bulk of the film rotates, it's really a beautiful thing. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this movie, it's something that you just have to experience.
The soundtrack of the film was a nice twist to cinema, as it blends the customs and style of the early 20's with modern day sound. At times, the film's music really added that extra "oomph" to the overall story, by translating some of the emotions the characters experience to the viewer. It's normal to be a little skeptical when you hear that a rapper is doing a soundtrack, but Jay-Z picked some quality Ear Candy to support the movie. "Young and Beautiful" and "Back To Black" are two songs that put the movie on another plane, as you get pulled deeper into the story.
Without giving too much of the film away, I will say that "The Great Gatsby" is a $6-9 dollars well spent on quality entertainment. This film will be a pleasure to the eyes and ears of hungry viewers craving amazing cinema that can be easily consumed and discussed with friends long after the credits roll. Even for those of you that don't go to movies often, this is one you'll want to see in a theater.
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