Rated PG-13 · 142 minutes · 2013

It was a bit worrisome when Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel had its release postponed last year. As it turns out, making the film a summer blockbuster rather than an awards-season contender was a great move, because this one is right at home in the summer movie season. Shot in glorious 3-D, it works magic with the format and makes this one a rollicking Roaring ’20s movie that shouldn’t be missed. Leonardo DiCaprio is a marvel in the title role, giving us a vulnerable and sometimes slightly crazy Gatsby in relentless pursuit of his love, Daisy (Carey Mulligan). Tobey Maguire is excellent as narrator and Gatsby admirer Nick Carraway, while Joel Edgerton steals scenes as Tom Buchanan. Those who like Luhrmann’s opulent, sometimes frantic style will find plenty to like. He also manages to use music by Jay-Z and Lana Del Ray in a movie set nearly a century ago.

See our full review: Gatsby, Actually Great

Gatsby, Actually Great

An Oscar worthy performance by DiCaprio and 3D that's actually worthwhile fuel a wondrous adaption of a literary classic »

Official Site: thegreatgatsby.warnerbros.com
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Producer: Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher, Catherine Knapman, Barrie Osborne, Bruce Berman and Shawn Carter
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Amitabh Bachchan, Elizabeth Debicki, Adelaide Clemens, Vince Colosimo, Richard Carter, Max Cullen, Steve Bisley, David Furlong, Callan McAuliffe and Felix Williamson



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