There is no doubt that writer F.Scott Fitzgerlad is a brilliant writer and there was not better choice of Director other than Baz Luhrmann to take The Great Gatsby onto celluloid. Yes, this first Drama/Romance film in 3D is glorious. The 3D effect and Baz’s clever direction puts you in the picture in most instances, for example The Plaza scene, the driving of the cars, the Gatsby parties, Jay kissing Daisy and Nick’s anger over the death of Jay.

Cover of "The Great Gatsby"

Cover of The Great Gatsby

Since Baz made Moulin Rouge, he was quickly nicknamed the Hollywood-Bollywood Director and with The Great Gatsby, the comparisons were going to come back. However, he was lavish, shiny and dramatic but not like Bollywood. He has his own style and the distinction comes with the fact that he stays close to the story and does not divert into mini-stories or hanging drama, for example the love affair between Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson, or Nick and Jordan’s short attempt at being a couple as per the book.

Toby MacGuire fills in the shoes of Nick Carraway ably, while Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan looks like the botox hasn’t quite settled on his face and Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker was a reminder of actress Emily Blunt subdued. Meanwhile, the first in his career and that too playing the role of a mafia boss Meyer Wolfsheim is the Bollywood mega star- Amitabh Bachchan. His English has always been proficient and the entire look sat well with him, it would have been interesting to see his reaction when Jay dies.

It is the romantic couple of Jay and Daisy that are the starry eyed, sad faced, so much in love that win the heart. Leonardo DiCaprio was excellent and carries the negative streak with the plea of perfect love which is represented by Jay’s Green Light stealthy. Carey Mullighan as Daisy is not an outstandingly beautiful woman, but manages to shine through the tough love. At some point she reminds you of Rachel McAdams in the film Notebook, especially when she is young and meets Jay.

Product placement by Tiffanys has been used abundantly and the hip-hop music scene in and out of the script settles in as a long drive to an adventure.

The Great Gatsby directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio will be remembered for its 3D visuals and sincere attempt of seeing the story through “God’s eyes”.

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