The Great Gatsby is the latest installment by Baz Luhrmann. The Australian finally defined himself as a refined director with this American tale. Although both of his acclaimed films, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge are celebrated motion pictures – The Great Gatsby is exquisitely executed with a mature Baz in terms of direction and storytelling much like his last film, Australia. At the contrary from Moulin Rouge that is overwhelmingly exaggerated or Romeo + Juliet’s experimentation of a Shakespearean dialogue in a setting of the mid-1990s; Gatsby offers the perfect medium which both of his previous films missed out. Still, Baz’s signature of extravagance, musical mixture, and colorful characters are in embedded in his interpretation of the American classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In this version, The Great Gatsby follows an orderly sequence and maintaining its identity aside from its previous and successful version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.
In Baz’s Gatsby, the story follows a haunted summer in West Egg filled with excessive wealth, alcohol, and one-sided love; however, as explored in this film, the overabundance of money is Gatsby’s façade of his unfulfilled romantic life. In the last five years, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) made a name of himself to find his true love, Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan).
Meanwhile, this traumatizing summer is quietly observed by the only honest character in Fitzgerald’s universe, Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). The former Yale graduate did not have the millions of dollars that Gatsby or Buchanan had in their bank accounts; however, he is no different from his house – small and humble. His humility wins Gatsby trust and reveals his past to the silent observer. At the same time, Tom (Daisy’s husband) has a promiscuous life with his vulgar mistress, Myrtle (Isla Fisher). The colorful lover is also married to the gullible mechanic, George Wilson. Luhrmann displays every character by their weaknesses leading them to their doomsday with mystery, lies, and betrayal.
Baz deserves nominations and award triumphs with The Great Gatsby. DiCaprio’s performance is outstanding as the enigmatic millionaire. It would be an error if this installment by Luhrmann goes unnoticed and DiCaprio does not receive an ovation and perhaps a fourth Oscar nomination.
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