‘Gatsby’ great for multiple viewings

November 1, 2013 Review Print Print
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I saw the remake of “The Great Gatsby” for the second time a few days ago and it was like seeing it for the first time. The movie just has an essence to it.

“The Great Gatsby” is based off a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that takes place in the summer of 1922 in Long Island, New York, during prohibition.

You first meet Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). He’s fresh out of Yale and looking to get a start in bonds at the Stock Exchange.

Carraway moves into a small house, next to an enormous mansion where parties of an extreme magnitude are held. The host of these get-togethers is Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) .

Gatsby is a millionaire who has made his riches via working with a gangster and buying drugstores in New York.

Nick gets an invite to have dinner with his old Yale companion Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) another millionaire, and his wife Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) who is Nick’s cousin.

When Daisy learns Nick lives next door to Gatsby ,she blushes. Later we find out Gatsby and Daisy had a relationship before she met Tom.

The movie follows all of the characters as they create a tangled web of lies, deceit and death that leads to one character’s complete downfall.

Through all of the seriousness of the movie, one scene had me laughing hard. It’s when Gatsby and Nick are driving to lunch and they pass a car with what looks like to be a 1920s version of gangster rapper Notorious B.I.G. standing up in the car, partying with three women.

The movie hit the theaters in May of this year and was released on DVD in August.

Rating: A

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