“The Great Gatsby”May 12th, 2013 at 10:34 am by Sy Becker under A Look at the Movies
2 hours 20 minutes
Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire
I wish Hollywood would stop wasting our time with trying to make a decent version of “The Great Gatsby”.
It’s not going to happen. The roaring ’20s love life of mysterious millionaire playboy Jay Gatsby is strictly superficial and altogether artificial. Tobey Maguire plays the F. Scott Fitzgerald like character who finds the elusive Gatsby so fascinating.
When Leonardo DiCaprio’s not throwing lavishly decadent parties at his Newport mansion, He’s seducing Daisy, Carey Mulligan, the former love of his life.The same way Australian Director Baz Luhrmann’s trying to seduce us with his stunning cinematography.
You’ll forgive Daisy’s husband Joe Edgerton for feeling a bit slighted about having Daisy in the thrall of the dapper Fitzgerald hero.
How does a literary classic translate so poorly to the silver screen without any substance?
Believe me, the two earlier versions in 1949 and again in 1974 were equally empty. And not even the great DiCaprio can coax a performance out of his shallow character.
“The Great Gatsby” repeats all of its past mistakes as literature that doesn’t translate well into a movie.
The not so great Gatsby will have to party on with two stars. You have no Idea how close Gatsby came to getting only one star.