The Great Gatsby (2013)

8 May

As the much anticipated adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby is cool and fun to look at. DiCaprio is solid and charismatic, and fills the shoes of the timeless character Gatsby. Joel Edgerton and Carey Mulligan are also great and stand-out as some of the film’s highlights. With such a wonderful cast and a big-budget production, the movie had potential to be a modern touch on an epic period drama, following in the footsteps of films like An Education, A Single Man and O Brother Where Art Thou.

Unfortunately though, among all the glitz and shininess, the spirit and emotion of the novel become lost thanks to needless visuals (the 3D was overkill), a lengthy 150-minute running time and a soundtrack from Jay-Z and Lana del Rey.

In other words, what could have been a classic American film adaptation of a beloved novel gets dumbed down specifically for the YOLO generation, and ends up feeling and looking more like a music video that plays on repeat for way too long.

5/10 stars

similar to: Australia, Anna Karenina, Marie Antoinette

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