CAN’T REPEAT THE PAST? … OF COURSE YOU CAN!
In 1922, Nick (Tobey Maguire) takes a job as a bond salesman in New York City and rents a house next to a sprawling Long Island mansion owned by the mysterious Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) who nurtures an obsession with a woman. Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the classic novel blows everything out of proportion, obviously a lot more garishly than the 1974 version. Fans of Moulin Rouge! (2001) will get a kick out of the anachronistic soundtrack (supervised by Jay-Z), and the 3D visuals have their hypnotizing moments, but in the end it’s all just too much.
2013-U.S.-Australia. 142 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Screenplay: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce. Novel: F. Scott Fitzgerald. Song: “Young and Beautiful” (Lana Del Rey). Production Design: Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn. Costume Design: Catherine Martin. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby), Tobey Maguire (Nick Carraway), Carey Mulligan (Daisy Buchanan), Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Debicki… Jason Clarke.
Trivia: Ben Affleck was allegedly considered for a part.
Oscars: Best Production Design, Costume Design. BAFTA: Best Production Design, Costume Design.