Great Gatsby: Film ReviewBy: Prince Adjei-BoampongBaz Luhrmann’s melodrama film The Great Gatsby is one of the highly notable films of 2013, as it brings in Hollywood’s hottest stars. The high-budget film brings a lot to the table and has had critics all over the world on the edge of their seats for their own respective reasons. The film takes place in 1922 as Nick Carraway who is played by Tobey Maguire arrives in New York in search of an escape from reality and the American dream. He moves in next door to a wealthy man named Jay Gatsby (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom Buchanan.
Nick becomes drawn to the dazzling world of the wealthy and, as he becomes witness to their many lies and secrets, he writes a story of dreams, love and tragedy. As the film released globally, many critics had negative reviews, most famously being Rotten Tomatoes. However, not all reviews were negative, with some reviewers saying that the films shots and camera angles made the setting look very beautiful. Also, it is Baz Luhrmann’s highest grossing film as a director, and it won many awards such as the Academy Awards for Production and Costume Design.As the main director of the film, Baz Luhrmann’s goal was to keep the connection strong between the film and the original novel. He also added in unique stints such as including a modern-day rap soundtrack from Jay-Z. Modern-day musical moments have been used before in his work as a director.
For example his use of 90s rock music in the modernized film of Romeo & Juliet.The camera shots and angles used were an important part to why the film was very beautiful. In the opening of the film, several extreme long shots are used. This is to help the viewers understand the atmosphere of the overall setting, and even to help them feel as though they are physically involved within the opening scene. Although the films editing seemed well, the films technique of a “framing device” for Toby Maguire’s character didn’t go so well. It isn’t entertaining as it hoped to be, and didn’t really help the storyline flourish towards the end of the film.
Overall, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby shows out to be a fine movie, which was unfortunately overly anticipated. For such a star packed cast, the film could have done more for itself, but by the end, it got the job done.