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Watch The Great Gatsby Online or Download The Great Gatsby Movie : Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) and lives across the water from Gatsby. Nick (Tobey Maguire) is her distant cousin. When Gatsby learns of their connection, he persuades Nick to invite Daisy to tea, intent on rekindling her affections.
For a while their passion flares, but things end badly for this party-hearty bunch.
Watch The Great Gatsby Online or Download The Great Gatsby Movie : Luhrmann is drawn to tales of impossible love — see his William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! So Gatsby would seem to be in his wheelhouse. But while his version is undeniably resplendent, the story’s emotional beats fall flat.
In the novel, when no one shows up for Gatsby’s final gathering, it’s a poignant moment. But in the movie that scene is almost glanced over.
Watch The Great Gatsby Online or Download The Great Gatsby Movie : The performances are generally lackluster. DiCaprio has some of the haunted qualities of Gatsby, but also comes off as dully aloof. He and Mulligan lack chemistry. Edgerton plays the role of Tom as if twirling a villain’s mustache. Maguire is serviceable, but bland.
Watch The Great Gatsby Online or Download The Great Gatsby Movie : Luhrmann’s 3-D visual flourishes feel superfluous: Occasionally, words pop out across the screen as Nick feverishly writes Gatsby’s tale, and feathers, confetti and streamers fly toward the audience during Gatsby’s orgiastic soirees. None of it contributes to a sense of immersion.
Watch The Great Gatsby Online or Download The Great Gatsby Movie : The melange of hip hop, pop and jazz might have worked if the rest of the film hadn’t been bent on overkill. Interspersing the music of Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Lana Del Rey makes commercial sense for attracting young audiences. But it feels more calculated than artfully integrated.
Watch The Great Gatsby Online or Download The Great Gatsby Movie : The film conveys the decadence of a moneyed crowd in the Roaring ’20s. But nothing about the story is moving, or remotely subtle. While it can be argued that Fitzgerald employed rather overt symbolism, his words were also marked by nuance, which Luhrmann essentially obliterates.
Watch The Great Gatsby Online or Download The Great Gatsby Movie : A key scene stands out for its significance: Gatsby takes Daisy on a tour of his estate. Elated to have her in his house and conscious of his vast wealth, he goes into his bedroom, pulls out dozens of custom-made tailored shirts and throws them on the bed. Daisy buries her face in the shirts and sobs at their beauty.
It’s as if Luhrmann used that scene for his template. His version of The Great Gatsby is stylish, colorful material piled on in excess and tinged with overheated melodrama.