Film Review: The Great Gatsby (2013)

When I first heard Baz Luhrmann would be doing a remake of the classic American novel, The Great Gatsby, I was intrigued by the casting decisions, although I was a bit afraid Luhrmann’s over-the-top style would produce a similar result to his previous film, Australia, which I did not end up seeing after hearing a lot of negative feedback about it.

While Gatsby was certainly an extravagant production, I was pleasantly surprised by the film’s depth and artistry, and Leonardo DiCaprio’s take on the enigmatic Jay Gatsby was superb, along with great supporting performances by Tobey Maquire, Joel Edgerton, and Carey Mulligan.

My only complaint about the film was that some parts of the soundtrack, featuring hip-hop music by Jay-Z, did not fit the time period of the story, which broke the immersion for me. The majority of the soundtrack was excellent, though, and the visual effects and cinematography were intoxicating.

Regardless if you’re a fan of the classic novel, I guarantee you will have a great time watching this larger-than-life adaptation of The Great Gatsby. While it’s not a perfect film, it’s definitely worth seeing at least once.

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