The Great Gatsby (2013 Film) Background

The Great Gatsby (2013 Film) Background

Baz Luhrmann's 2013 film The Great Gatsby is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. It is the most recent high-profile version of the story, with the other films being released in 1974 and a lesser-known adaption in 2000.

It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, a rich and influential force in 1920's America, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, the character through whose perspective the film is told, and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby's former muse. Again, the film tells the story of Midwest native and hopeful writer Carraway, as he arrives in 1922 New York as he searches for the American dream. After Carraway moves in next-door to millionaire DiCaprio's Gatsby and across the bay from his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom, Carraway gets drawn into the luxurious and deceitful world of the rich, along the way writing a captivating tale.

Upon release, the film was met with mixed to negative reviews, with the general consensus from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reading: "While certainly ambitious—and every bit as visually dazzling as one might expect—Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby emphasizes visual splendor at the expense of its source material's vibrant heart." However, not all reviews were negative, with critic A.O. Scott saying that the film was "A lot of fun."

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