Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isla Fisher
Based on a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the book has been recreated as a movie on numerous instances and this is one of the latest and possibly biggest such venture. Nick Carraway (Maguire) recently moves to New York and takes a house in an upmarket locality. Nick’s cousin, Daisy (Mulligan) and her husband Tom (Edgerton) stay in close vicinity to him and Nick stops by to meet them on afternoon. Nick is introduced to Jordon (Debicki) who tells him about his neighbour, Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio). Gatsby is infamous for throwing lavish parties for anyone and everyone but very few people have met him or even know what he looks like. When there are no parties, his lavish mansion sits silent until the next party is hosted. When Nick gets an invite to Gatsby’s party and a special meeting with him, he doesn’t realise that his life is about to change and what might happen after it. When DiCaprio is starring in a movie, you can all but expect it to be a good watch. The movie is an interesting narration of love but somehow the way the movie is made seems to have pulled it down. Almost the entire movie is made with CGI shot against a green screen and the overall outcome looks far too bright and a little too artificial. Perhaps if the movie stuck to its roots and did not try to make it as loud as it is, perhaps the underlying love and romance may have come out in a far better manner. DiCaprio’s performance is wasted by a support cast that seems to have done little to help the movie with Maguire being too stiff and looked more like show piece. Considering the number of people who have tried to make this book into a movie, the book is probably better.
Thumbs up: Leonardo DiCaprio
Thumbs down: Looks too artificial