The Great Gatsby

2013-04-The-Great-Gatsby-Poster-7The Great Gastby offers a taste of the vibrant and lively 1920s, during the height of opportunities in the United States, shortly after WWI.

Amongst the glitter and glamour of the roaring 1920s, Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), opens his home to New York revellers but has a hidden desire to win back his lover Daisy (Carey Mulligan). To keep their romance hidden from her husband, aspiring writer, Nick Carraway (Toby Maguire), gets involved in the turmoil that unfolds, within a higher class of society than his own.

Throughout the movie, the soundtrack provides a modern element to the film, mixing retro tunes to recognisable mainstream chart toppers. If anything, the soundtrack entices the younger generation to appreciate the film, which some may discard as ‘old-fashioned’.

It must be noted that Leonardo DiCaprio’s role is admirable, perfectly portraying a wealthy gentleman, whose millionaire status means little when it comes to his love for Daisy. It could be that the well-known actor could finally receive the long awaited Oscar for his role.

Carey Mulligan also provides great entertainment as Daisy, who is breezy and outgoing, that you can’t help but enjoy her on-screen presence.

Despite being a crucial character to help keep the plot together, Toby Maguire as Nick Carraway was somewhat flat, with Toby limiting his expression to one of constant bewilderment. However, his monologue at the beginning of the film did help to establish what was to be expected, which then begs the question as to why the film was so lengthy.

The Great Gatsby stays true to the 1920s glamour, with plenty of headdresses and pearls to provide enough fancy dress inspiration.

Despite being a long film, The Great Gatsby stays true to the decade of jazz and the historical economic boom, before the decade was rounded off with the Wall Street Crash in 1929.

Expect romance, glamour, flappers and drama.

9/10

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