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The Great Gatsby (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 10 May 2013 (USA)
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A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby.

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An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await. Written by Anonymous

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...there was an immediately perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves of her body were continually smouldering. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language | See all certifications »

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El gran Gatsby  »

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$105,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$50,085,184 (USA) (10 May 2013)

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$144,812,796 (USA) (16 August 2013)
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Trivia

At one point of the movie, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) jokes about the crazy possibility of marriage between white and black people. Funny enough, Edgerton would ended up playing Richard Loving in Loving (2016), about a real life interracial marriage. See more »

Goofs

The story is set in 1922, but the music playing over the main party is George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue". Even though it is overlaid rather than diegetic, it's inclusion is inaccurate as it was not written until 1924. See more »

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[first lines]
Nick Carraway: In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice. "Always try to see the best in people," he would say. As a consequence, I'm inclined to reserve all judgements. But even I have a limit.
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Crazy Credits

Jay Gatsby's flower symbol is shown throughout the credits with different letters in place of the 'JG'. The 3rd to last flower, preceding the music section, has 'JZ' in it (an homage to the film's soundtrack producer Jay Z. The last flower has the movie's traditional 'JG' in it. See more »

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Remake of The Great Gatsby (1974) See more »

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Who Gon Stop Me
Written by Jay Z (as Shawn JAY Z Carter), Kanye West, Mike Dean (as Michael Dean), Shama Joseph, Maurice Perrimond and 'Joshua Kierkegaard Grant Steele'
Published by © 2011 WB Music Corp., Carter Boys Music, Sony ATV Music Publishing and Please Gimme My Publishing Inc / Papa George Music, Sak Pase Music Publishing (BMI)/Sham and Verse Publishing (BMI) / BuVision Publishing (BMI) By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd, EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited, and Universal Music Publishing Group Pty Limited
Produced by Shama "Sak Pase" Joseph
Performed by Jay Z (as JAY Z) and Kanye West
Jay Z (as JAY Z) appears courtesy of Roc Nation
Under license from Roc Nation / RocAFella / Island Def Jam (US)
Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Limited
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"The Great Gatsby" Review
11 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," is fairly accurate to the classic novel and keeps most of its themes intact. However, Luhrmann's own flair adds a new dimension to the story. Visually this film is incredibly stunning. From grand sets to the detailed period dresses, this film is a treat for the eyes. Never once does it not take your breath away from its impressive scenery. Many people might be worried about the updated music, but there is nothing to fear. Jay-Z's track works incredible well with the film and complements the era in which it is set.

The direction in this film is impeccable. The cinematography is marvelous and really lets the viewer absorb the sheer artistry that has gone into making this film. Luhrmann keeps a high level of energy throughout the film and the party sequences are choreographed and edited in a way that it makes you feel envious of not being apart of it. Editing in the film is seamless and really keeps the viewer engaged. A common criticism the film receives is that it is more style than substance, however, I must disagree. This modern interpretation doesn't forget its themes and morals from the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald tale.

Performances are phenomenal by the entire cast. Carey Mulligan's Daisy is every bit as careless as one would expect, but she also manages to show some complexity in her role. Tobey Maguire is a great avatar for us to take on as we enter this film. He is very much the viewer as he sees everything happening, but is ultimately helpless to change anything. The true standouts in the film are Joel Edgerton and Leonardo DiCaprio. Edgerton as Tom Buchanan brings a lot of personality to his character that I thought was absent in the book. He's a bit more tender and more vulnerable, especially when he finds out his wife's secret. The true award recognition worthy performance comes from DiCaprio's Gatsby. He hones on being a respectable, but idealistically insane man. His performance is not only compelling, but also charming and quit hopeful. He truly deserves some recognition come Oscar season.

Overall, "The Great Gatsby" is a fantastically entertaining and enthralling film. It is horribly underrated as it is filled with awards worthy visuals, sets, costumes, direction, and performances. It is a great time at the movies for anyone that enjoys the classic novel or who haven't even heard of it. Not only is this film dramatically satisfying, but also quite humorous and a spectacle like no other. I give it 4.5/5, a great adaptation of one of the greatest novels ever written.


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