Perygl Reviews: The Great Gatsby

Dave Roberts reviews Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio

The Great Gatsby is one of the finest books ever written, this film however, does not reflect this. Although, I think this is due to the fact that any film based on this book is going to disappoint certain fans of the novel. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s finest work, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.

The film portrays this story in typical Baz Luhrmann style with some extravagance and style that is somewhere between ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Australia’. This is perhaps what lets the film down slightly. I think the film should have perhaps been more…

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