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When glass-eyed Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) tells Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) that all the excess and splendour he drowns in is “from your perfect, irresistible imagination”, it’s hard not to see this entire film in this same light. Director, producer Baz Luhrmann and his wife, costume designer, production designer and co-producer Catherine Martin have concocted a vision of the early 1920s that did not exist yet somehow feels entirely natural. Their Great Gatsby is a twenties parallel universe; the twenties reloaded if you will.
This is a flavour of the 1920s, those details that cinemagoers with just a passing knowledge of the era can recognise: cloche hats, bobbed hair, short fringed dresses and striped blazers. From our first proper look at Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), swooping down on his boater topped head from a skyscraper; we know roughly when and where we are. Specifically, this is 1922. It does not »
- Chris Laverty
The Great Gatsby, 2013.
Directed by Baz Luhrmann.
A young writers life is forever changed when he meets the mysterious and elusive Jay Gatsby.
When Baz Luhrmann was handed the reigns to F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic piece of literature, many wondered if he could handle it with the substance and nuance that is required. The results are mixed as The Great Gatsby is a cross between peaks of brilliance and troughs of shallow, fancy visuals.
The film opens with Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) beginning to recount the events of his Summer in 1920's New York, as he leaves his creative writing endeavours and the American Midwest behind in favour of seeking fortune in the booming stock market which occurred after the first World War. Moving in to a small house on West Egg, »
- Flickering Myth
The Great Gatsby (12A)
No one's disputing that Luhrmann can put on a show, but can he tell a story? In a way, F Scott Fitzgerald's 1920s parable is a perfect fit: a study of surfaces and seduction and the hollowness of the wealthy. The hedonism and vulgarity are ravishing to behold and the hand-tinted-photo aesthetic is gorgeous. When the fireworks die down, however, that artificiality works against the romantic tragedy, and the characters are too flat to really stir any great emotions. Maybe that's the point.
Beware Of Mr Baker (15)
(Jay Bulger, 2012, Us) 92 mins
- Steve Rose
No, despite the image shown above, Star Trek Into Darkness won't crash at the box office Paramount Pictures' Star Trek sequel grossed $11.5 million on Thursday as it heads to over $90 million. Into Darkness helmed by J.J. Abrams should post over $20 million from a regular theater spread in 3,868 theaters today, after opening Wednesday with $2 million in IMAX locations only. Although this won't be any Iron Man 3, a $90-$100 million four day pull is no slouch, but looks like minor money compared to Disney's Marvel flick. Warner Bros. Pictures' The Great Gatsby should show a low change this weekend and battles Iron Man 3 for second place in its sophomore weekend at the box office. Baz Luhrmann's drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Elizabeth Debicki, has so far accumulated a domestic gross of around $66.7 »
Director: Baz Luhrmann.
Running Time: 142 minutes.
Synopsis: Yale graduate Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) moves next door to the mansion of a mysterious millionaire renowned for his lavish parties. Spending time in Long Island brings him closer to cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her husband, Tom (Joel Edgerton), but other eyes are watching Daisy from afar.
The fictional Long Island setting of West Egg plays host to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age tale of the price of obsession. The roaring twenties are a paradoxical time of cheap alcohol and family pride, with the constant debauchery a platform for temptation. Luhrmann sure wants us to enjoy the party, but it’s only when the revelry is over that his adaptation becomes any fun.
Not afraid of large-scale, colourful visual assaults, Gatsby’s first half lets Luhrmann luxuriate in, »
- Emma Thrower
Director: Baz Luhrmann; Screenwriters: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce; Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Debicki; Running time: 142 mins; Certificate: 12A
Flashing the cash is a way of life for angst-ridden, nouveau riche party boy Jay Gatsby, the hero of F Scott Fitzgerald's 'Great American Novel'. But for director Baz Luhrmann, too, there's a kind of mad urgency, an itchy desperation in the way he throws so much money at the screen to fill almost every moment of this adaptation with all things glittery and bright. Thankfully, in the title role, Leonardo DiCaprio has a million-dollar smile to match the décor and, behind that, a shade of something darker.
Gatsby only enters the scene after half an hour, while his legend is built up in the reminiscences of grudging Wall Street trader Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). In one of the few add-ons to the novel, »
★★☆☆☆ Everyone understands that a Baz Luhrmann film - from the imagination that brought us Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and Australia - means bucket-loads of excess, indulgence and, once upon a time, fun. The collective breath was duly drawn when his plans to tackle F. Scott Fitzgerald's tight novel of disappointment and decadence, The Great Gatsby, was first announced - and the results are predictably underwhelming. There's a lot of noise, music, colour and syncopation as Luhrmann transforms the Jazz Age into the kind of theme party that would get Rhu Paul asking discretely that the music be turned down.
Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is a used-up young man recovering at some form of facility complete with drifting snow. As part of the talking cure (then, writing cure), he narrates how he came to his present state. Once a bright-eyed go-getter with aspirations of being a writer, Carraway »
- CineVue UK
As the 66th Cannes Film Festival kicked off in France this morning, stars of the festival’s opening premiere movie, The Great Gatsby came together for a photo call at the Palais des Festivals on the Croisette Avenue in Cannes. Amitabh Bachchan who plays a cameo role joined his director Baz Luhrmann and co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Elizabeth Debicki, Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton.
The Great Gatsby is all about the life and times of millionaire James Gatz Gatsby (DiCaprio) and his neighbour, Nick Carraway (Maguire), who recounts his encounter with Gatsby at the height of the Roaring Twenties, a period marked by a cultural edge in some of the major cities in the West brought about by sustained economic prosperity.
Check out the pics from the photocall!
- Pooja Rao
The cast of The Great Gatsby kicked off the glamorous Cannes Film Festival at their premiere in France tonight - and they didn't let a little rain stop them! They stayed dry from the drizzle, which really just added to the drama of the event, with oversize umbrellas. And while many stars held onto their own, others got a little help from handlers decked out in black-tie. Leonardo DiCaprio looked extra dapper with his umbrella in hand - read more to see the rest of the stars trying to stay dry! Carey Mulligan checked on the ominous sky Nicole Kidman kept dry in her dress Isla Fisher had an umbrella escort Leonardo DiCaprio didn't let the rain ruin his shot Carey Mulligan used two hands Lana Del Rey had a little help Elizabeth Debicki and Leonardo DiCaprio used their umbrellas as props The jury got shielded »
- Lauren Turner
The Great Gatsby, 2013.
Directed by Baz Luhrmann.
A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.
There are few directors I find as perplexing as Baz Luhrmann, best known for films like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!. He’s known for big, garish spectacles that lay on heavy coats of polish. Style being far more important to him than substance. If he were a make up artist, every subject would come out of the trailer looking like a painted whore. The man either lacks or willfully disregards the concept of subtlety. He’s a bedazzled jackhammer shattering your senses. He’s sound and fury, signifying nothing. There are only a handful of movies I have walked out of: Baz Luhrmann directed two of them. So when »
- Flickering Myth
The Great Gatsby Cannes 2013: Leonardo DiCaprio on logically soggy red carpet Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby opened the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday evening. The Gatsby red carpet looked like a cross between the Academy Awards (Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire) and Dancing with Stars (loud music, with a handful of dancers performing in ’20s-costumes). (Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio on the 2013 Cannes Film Festival’s The Great Gatsby red carpet.) On the Cannes Film Festival’s video of the Great Gatsby red carpet, you can watch Carey Mulligan getting nearly decapitated by a take-no-prisoners umbrella; Leonardo DiCaprio telling an interviewer, "I can’t hear a word you’re saying," and then walking on as if said journalist was invisible; and Tobey Maguire getting called, "Eh, Tobee!" But what do we learn from those brief interviews? That being in Cannes is "exciting" (DiCaprio, Maguire) and "meaningful" (Luhrmann, »
- Zac Gille
The 66th Cannes Film Festival is underway in France. On Wednesday, the cast and filmmakers of Warner Bros.’ 3D retelling of “The Great Gatsby,” which opens the prestigious fest, attended a press conference at the Palais des Festivals.
Pictured Above: Actors Amitabh Bachchan, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elizabeth Debicki, producer Lucy Fisher, production designer Catherine Martin, director Baz Luhrmann, producer Douglas Wick and actors Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton attend the photocall for ‘The Great Gatsby’ at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage) »
- Variety Staff
The director, whose adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's novel premieres tonight at the Cannes Film Festival, told reporters during a press conference that he anticipated a lukewarm response from critics.
"I never get one of those big, high critics scores," Reuters quotes Luhrmann as saying, before referencing the poor response to the novel upon its 1945 release.
"I knew [the criticism] would come. I just care that people are going out and seeing it. I really am so moved by that."
Luhrmann recently revealed that his ideal next project would be »
RogerEbert.com Cannes video essay the films of 1960
Reverse Shot 20 shots to be henceforth retired from film vocabulary
2. It starts off in a long shot and a guy's all far away and walking toward the camera and you're all “Uh-oh am I going to have to watch him walk the whole way?” and you do and it takes three minutes or more. “Ooh, look at me, I'm sculpting with time!” Fuck you.
Reuters Cannes may ditch austerity for glitzy Gatsby opening. Stay tuned
In Contention Will Smith eyeing remake of The Wild Bunch. Although he's not fond of "bunches" since he turned down Django because the part wasn't big enough. At least Will Smith understands that Christoph Waltz wasn't a "Supporting Actor"
Film Doctor 11 questions about The Great Gatsby
Guardian Rip Aubrey Woods, the »
- NATHANIEL R
Baz Luhrmann populated his blockbuster adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" with some of biggest stars in the world, but it's newcomer Elizabeth Debicki who almost steals the entire film from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. Debicki portrays Jordan Baker in "Gatsby," a professional golfer and essential element of the social circle at the film's core.
"Can we all agree that the breakout star of the film was Aussie newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as the droll Jordan Baker?" asked Vulture in a recent post on "Gatsby." "She's got the gangly limbs, close-cropped dark hair, and sloe eyes of Rooney Mara, but in a much more fun package. Why is she not signed up for a thousand new Hollywood movies immediately?"
Perhaps that will happen soon enough, not that Debicki is counting on anything. "I don't know what to expect," Debicki told HuffPost Entertainment from her hotel in Australia last week. »
- Christopher Rosen
To celebrate the release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby in cinemas in both 2D and spectacular 3D on May 16th we are offering five lucky readers the chance to win a copy of the films soundtrack and the film tie-in book!
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- Dan Bullock
Leonardo DiCaprio The Great Gatsby movie box office: DiCaprio’s second biggest opening ever — but trailing Titanic in ticket sales The Great Gatsby movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel earned $50.08m at the North American box office this past weekend, including $3.25 million from late Thursday night showings, according to weekend box-office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Despite mostly poor reviews — The Great Gatsby has a 32% approval rating and 5.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics — the Baz Luhrmann-directed take on the love story between Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan far surpassed the expectations of both distributor Warner Bros. and box-office pundits. In fact, The Great Gatsby trailed only Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3, which collected $72.52 million at the domestic box office this past weekend. (Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby.) Partly thanks to 3D surcharges and a strong female contingent of ticket-buyers, »
- Zac Gille
Tags: Shag Marry or DumpStar TrekZoe SaldanaJennifer MorrisonIMDbStar Trek: Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness arrives in theaters this Thursday, so there's no time like now to put the women of the films to our Shag, Marry, or Dump test! Which high-flying sci-fi shenanigans do you choose when offered by Zoe Saldana, Alice Eve, and Jennifer Morrison? (I'll bet you forgot about JMo being in the first movie, huh? You guys, she was Kirk's mom!)
Quizzes by Quibblo.com
Last week's Great Gatsby winners:
Shag: Elizabeth Debicki
Marry: Carey Mulligan
Dump: Isla Fisher
Just out of curiosity: Who would you vote for to be your actual mayor?
The Movie: The Great Gatsby (2013) Studio: Warner Bros. Director: Baz Luhrmann Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan, Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker, Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson and Jason Clarke as George Wilson Screenwriters: Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald RottenTomatoes: 48% MetaCritic: 55/100 Snippet from My Review: (read my full review here) The Great Gatsby is, without a doubt, too long and yet it isn't a disaster. Neither is it a great film or even really a good one for that matter. I did, however, love DiCaprio and Debicki as well as the themes that shine through even though Luhrmann felt compelled to overplay them. I do believe Luhrmann is the right director to give this story a life unlike what is found in the pages of Fitzgerald's book »
- Brad Brevet
Review Ron Hogan 13 May 2013 - 05:47
Baz Luhrmann turns his films into a carnival of excess. He's the Jay Gatsby of film, and his parties are his movies. A riot of colors, the soundtrack shrieking, set-designed to death, and beaten down with an array of camera tricks, swoops, dives, and bad digital matte shots, Gatsby is transformed into the cinematic equivalent of a Halloween night candy binge. It's all sugary sweet tastes and vivid color until the inevitable stomachache kicks in and it all comes right back up in a technicolor yawn of epic proportions.
Baz Luhrmann's movie is a Spinal Tap amplifier turned up to 11, and if you can't handle being buffeted by a violently loud score, foleyed sounds like hammer blows, and the queasiest camera movements since Cloverfield, »
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