The Great Gatsby

2013 At the movies Entertainment June 2013 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the June 2013 Edition

Directed by Baz Luhrmann. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan.

This is another film with astonishing art direction. It plays like an adult fairy tale without the happy ending. It is also done in a style that is not meant to appear realistic and for that reason I thoroughly enjoyed it as a total escape and a great adventure.

The costuming and continuity to the 1920’s era made it even more mesmerizing. The old cars, street and club scenes, cityscapes and such are quite stunning.

The sound track on this film is very fast paced and intriguing and every now and then there are a few riffs of the current music genres that surprise you, yet somehow seem to work.

For me, Leonardo’s’ role was more Clark Gable in

Gone With The Wind, (definitely not a bad thing) than the dreamy Robert Redford in the previous Gatsby movie of 1974.

This film is really worth seeing. IMDB gives it a rating of 7.4/10 based on viewer votes of over 12,500. I would notch it up to an 8 because it is just so beautiful and sumptuous to look at.

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