The Great Gatsby – Review


The Great Gatsby – Review

If a feature film were to be made about legal luminary Lord Denning I suspect that we would be quick to criticise it for not having captured the full majesty of the man whose judgments we all enjoy reading.  In the same vein you will no doubt have a perception of what Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) should look and walk like.

We see Gatsby’s struggle to hold the love of his life Daisy (Carey Mulligan) in his arms in the quest for peace and solace. Baz Luhrmann (Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Australia) presents Fitzgerald on steroids. Everything is speeded up from the roaring cars to the energetic and outlandish parties, all served with lashings of hard liquor.

The film did not receive a warm welcome at Cannes, notwithstanding that it does not stray too far from the story of the original novel. There is a strong performance by the rather intimidating figure of Joel Edgerton (warrior, zero dark thirty) who plays the incongruous and unfaithful Tom Buchanan. The film is best viewed in 3-D and showcases several songs by executive producer Jay-Z, which in places seem out of sync with the time in which the film is set.

Phil says 6.89/10

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