This book has been on my short list of favorites for a while now and after watching the Robert Redford version from the 1970’s I was very unsure that Baz Luhrmann would be able to do the story justice. I had no doubt that he would be able to pull off the famous Gatsby parties but the tragic love story not so much.
I thoroughly enjoyed being drawn into Gatsby’s world of beautiful parties and hopeful (if not tragic) optimism. Back in the 1920’s where (according to Fitzgerald) the alcohol flowed, the dresses were short, and relationships were disposable.
I thought the 3D was a little superfluous but a nice touch. Leonardo DiCaprio captured Gatsby’s truly tragic hope and optimism so well that I didn’t see him I saw Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire’s Nick Carraway was amazing in the “outsider looking in” role, and Carey Mulligan played Daisy Buchanan beautifully .
All in all this movie was beautifully tragic and I wouldn’t be surprised if this role gets Leo his long-awaited Oscar.