The Great Gatsby Review: A Boisterous Retelling Without the Humanity

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The Great Gatsby is a triumph in one very specific way: it looks absolutely beautiful. The 3D serves the visual style in a way that bests every single “3D for the sake of it” film that has ever been released.


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    **Nick then becomes not only the narrator—but the author of The Great Gatsby as well. It does disservice to the audience, who have all probably read Fitzgerald, or at least heard of him. He’s the author. . .**

    This is an odd point because Fitzgerald wrote the book from Nick's viewpoint. It is written in Nick's voice so in that respect Nick IS the author of the story.

    I agree that DiCaprio is strong in his portrayal of Jay Gatsby. His performance is heartbreaking because he is so child-like in this quest for reinventing his life. However, I don't agree with your opinion about Mulligan and Maguire.

    Mulligan is a capable actress and she brought what I felt depth and unspoken layers to a character who is considered shallow. She delivers the line "I hope she'll be a fool--that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool" with such pathos. I had imagined that this line would be spoken with giddy vacancy and what she did with it was remarkable.

    As far as Maguire goes Nick is the detached outsider; an observer. Right? He is brought into a world that he stumbles through and is trying to come to terms with. He is caught between the instability of Gatsby and Buchanan. You see his discomfort, frustration and disappointment.

    IMO Maguire's strength is his ability to inhabit Nick in a way that is low-key. Nick is intelligent and aware but he is processing all of this duplicity in the people he has met.
    Maguire is a subtle actor and that works for the role. He is the most real of the characters in the sense that Nick is not putting on airs.

    Edgerton's portrayal was also strong; complex, unsettled and human. The way his eyes tear up when he sees Myrtle's dead body revealed his humanity.


    All glitz and no substance, although the costumes, make-up and hairstyles are more than true to the period.


    so beautiful aektr


    I've just read over the review of "The Great Gatsby", and it sounds like something that I will put on my "don't see" list. I read the book "The Great Gatsby" back during my Sophomore year of High School for English class, and it was far better than this film sounds.


    Sounds like it was made for millennials to watch instead of reading the book...The director's clumsy ironic point made at the beginning of the film:
    The film opens with Nick in a mental hospital, and explains that he will be telling the story to an actual person—a Doctor. This is a useless device, one that borders on enraging when Nick is emphatically told to “write it down!”
    Read IT!

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