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The Great Gatsby Hits Theaters

the_great_gatsby_movie-wideIt is Hollywood’s fifth attempt to bring to screen one of the great American novels, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. One of the most talked-about films of 2013, this one has a star studded cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. Director Baz Luhrmann of “Moulin Rouge” and “Romeo and Juliet” fame has built this film to be louder and effects-heavy than any of the previous versions. The contemporary soundtrack and the 3-d spectacle add to the anticipation.

None of the previous versions of the book succeeded to capture the mystery on screen. The first silent version has since been lost but its trailer is still available, and viewable on YouTube (if you want to download it, try a free plugin like Pro Video Downloader). There were other versions in 1949, 1974, and a recent version in 2000, made for television. The Great Gatsby is a short novel, but it has a vagueness about it that is difficult to capture on screen. None of the characters are described in great detail and Luhrmann researched Fitzgerald’s other works in search of more detail. The book comprises of the lyrical reflections of the main character Jay Gatsby. More than the story, it is the way it is told that made the book popular. This has caused the difficulty of adapting it on screen.

Nick Carraway, played by Tobey Maguire, is captivated by the mysterious past of his neighbor Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). He is pulled into Gatsby’s life and becomes a witness to delusion and misfortune. The movie also stars Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke and others.