Saturday, 8 June 2013
259, The Great Gatsby
This story is told from the perspective of Wall Street newbie Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) who moves into a quaint little groundsman cottage just next to the sprawling mansion of Jay Gatsby (Leo DiCaprio), a wealthy American gent living it up in the Roaring 20's.
Carraway's cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) lives just across the bay, opposite Gatsby's pad with wealthy partner Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) who is a bit of a modern day 'lad' with his mistress Myrtle (Isla Fisher) as his bit on the side and that's most of the main cast covered, albeit for the very suave and sexy best pal of Daisy's, Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki) who acts as an initial liaison between Carraway and Gatsby in the opening scenes.
The love story element is that of Gatsby & Daisy with a back story 5 years earlier making an appearance as the already once lovers and the reasons for Gatsby's relocation to the house on the other side of the bay and the lavish nightly parties? Well, A ruse to gain the interest of Daisy all over again and with Carraway being her cousin, its only a matter of time until the two are reintroduced and try once more to carry on from where once they left off.
There are definitely two parts to this movie - the 1st half has a distinctive light hearted, slightly comedic party feel to it, peaking with the introduction of Gatsby and Daisy to one another in a hilarious turn of events that's sees our leading man return to almost an childlike attitude towards meeting girls
either way - both parts are seamless and crafted magnificently. I wasn't sure if this would be my kind of movie as I'm not a huge fan of Maguire in pretty much anything but luckily - the rest of the cast totally overshadow him, with Isla fisher and DiCaprio producing stand out performances.