Movie Info: “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan(Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. — (C) WB
Mars Review: Baz Luhrmann’s vision of the Roaring Twenties dazzles as a purely sensory piece of sight and sound. Tobey Maguire’s narrative doesn’t stop The Great Gatsby from entertaining as a gorgeous, glittering work of visual art. When you throw in the extravagant sets, costumes and visual effects, it’s as if you’re watching a moving painting. New York in the 1920s could not look any more beautiful. This is Baz Luhrmann’s Masterpiece.
Stars: 4 1/2 out of 5