The Great Gatsby

Posted on May 11, 2013


The Great Gatsby – It’s early 1920s and it’s party time.  It’s cars, clothes, dancing and decadence. Wall Street is rocking and rolling.  Money and champagne flow easily.   Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) gives the best parties of all.  Everyone in NYC shows up although many have never even met their host. 

Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is living next door to the Gatsby mansion.  He is cousin to the beautiful and wealthy Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan).  Gatsby befriends him in order to get reacquainted with Daisy.  It was at least halfway through the movie before I believed he was interested in Daisy and not Nick himself.

Gatsby was poor as dirt and has an unknown past.  There’s a touch of madness about him, possibly PTSD.   DiCaprio plays him sometimes with a JFK accent,  calling everyone “Old Sport.”  Sometimes he has a sweet expression, sometimes it’s pained.  He poses a lot too in his little pink suit.  Ms. Mulligan looks positively radiant most of the time.  Tobey Maguire is his usual bland self, and I don’t mean that in a bad way.  Joel Edgerton plays Daisy’s cheating husband Tom Buchanan, and Isla Fisher is his mistress Myrtle.

 The movie is over two hours and 20 minutes.  You could probably read  F. Scott’s novel in the time the movie played.  The clothes and Prada shoes are amazing as well as the yellow Duesenberg.