Mom Under Cover checks in with this new review. (Spoilers, for those few who don’t know how Gatsby ends.)
The Great Gatsby – B
Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby is not great, but it is worth seeing. Fitzgerald’s prose is much of the novel’s allure which may be why Hollywood has not found a way to make a movie as memorable as the book. Leonardo DiCaprio makes a believable Gatsby; his performance is one of the film’s highlights. Carey Mulligan (Daisy Buchanan) shows promise in her first scene but quickly becomes blasé. Mulligan looks the part, but her Daisy is way too boring to warrant Gatsby’s adoration. Joel Edgerton plays a very good Tom Buchanan–cad that he is. Most disappointing was this film’s Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). The movie opens with Carraway in a psychiatric treatment center recounting the events leading to Gatsby’s death. I found this plot device to be really corny. Maguire’s Carraway was so emotionless it is inconceivable that he was bothered enough by the tragedy to warrant counseling much less in-patient treatment. Viewers who have not read the book will assume that Carraway was a main character rather than the narrator. Perhaps it was the direction, but Maguire’s character was intrusive (that voice drove me crazy by the end of the movie) and flat. Luhrmann fans will not be disappointed by the Baz-matazz, over the top visuals and music choices.