Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” takes a classic American literature and brings it to life. Specific details within the film become visually dazzling, and portrayed with so much emphasis, it takes the viewer’s breath away. The roaring twenties keep their sense of style while being merged with society today. The entire cast of the film provide a phenomenal contribution while having its clear individual standouts. Putting together an enjoyable new spinoff from a renowned film and text, Lurhmann’s film deserves to be included on the list of the ten best films produced this year. The film starts off with auditory description of Gatsby and the audience itching to see Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). DiCaprio appears as a handsome aged man while still posing his boyish looks. As soon as he appears, he captivates and holds through out the remainder of the film. In the scene where Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) arrives at Gatsby’s party he says, “Who is this Gatsby?”. After Nick finally sees this “Gatsby man”, Nick is taken away by the image of Gatsby. A moment of sheer surprise mixed with confusion, and this is where the true recognition comes in. Nick expected a different looking man who everyone, including Nick, sought to fill the respectable, idealistically crazy man. Gatsby is a notorious known man in both West Egg and East Egg. DiCaprio brings a mindset of a determined,accomplished man with a forceful and decisive personality. Gatsby’s personality matches perfectly the one of Dicaprio’s, which is why DiCaprio is the best man suited to portray Gatsby effectively. Cisneros 1
￼Bringing this classic text to life was not at all difficult for Luhrmann. He knew that in order for this film to be a success, he was going to have to put a modern twist into it. This is exactly what was done. In an interview with The New York Times, Luhrmann tells the paper, “Jazz in 1922 was being referred to as an African-American fad” (thegrio.com). The music by Jay-Z...
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