Movie Review: The Great Gatsby (2013)

If there's a film this year that would be defined by style more than anything else, my vote goes to The Great Gatsby.

Director Baz Luhrmann brings his trademark theatrics to F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 20th century novel about ambition, greed, and personal tragedy. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the eponymous Jay Gatsby, with Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby's seemingly unattainable dream.

The story is told from the perspective of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), Gatsby's neighbor and new friend. A lot of times, I thought this was a very good way to let the audience see Gatsby from the outside and gradually moving to a more intimate vantage point.

The film rarely diverges from Fitzgerald's work, except for the addition of 21st century gloss. Luhrmann seems to have figured that his best contribution to an already renowned piece of literature is to add a grandiose vision in 3D, which may not be the best. The end result is eye candy, but a hollow one.

This version of The Great Gatsby is a visual spectacle that often obscures the hero/anti-hero.

Rating: 3/5