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On the Sofa: The Great Gatsby

Holiday time is here and what better way to spend it, snuggled on the sofa with a good film to watch whilst finishing off all the nibbles from Christmas or indulging in a nice glass of the finest Irish Cream.

Tina our resident film buff has reviewed the Great Gatsby and we've added a "Get the Look" for you to take inspiration from. Let us know on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Multiyork if you agree with Tina or not, also which films do you take inspiration from in life and interiors.

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher.

Plot: Based on the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. New York,1929. Bond-seller Nick Carraway (Maguire) is in Perkins Sanitarium for depression and alcoholism. His doctor convinces him to write an account of why he ended up there. The journal starts 7 years previously, when he moved to Long Island into a small house. The house is adjoined to a large property owned by the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) who throws legendary parties every weekend. After receiving an invitation to attend one of Gatsby’s parties, Nick meets Gatsby and then the events that put him in the sanitarium start to unfold....

Review: Luhrmann’s most memorable movies are probably Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet. He has a way of making his sets really pop with colour and details. Cinematically it is a beautiful film. The costumes and sets are fantastic, down to the very last detail. They really captured the era and mood of the film. The soundtrack (Craig Armstrong – worked with Luhrmann on Moulin Rouge) really blew me away. I was really impressed with how he brought modern songs into the film while still keeping the 1920’s vibe.

Now for the plot line and the acting... I always find that books are far superior to their films. The film just cannot portray the whole book or what you personally imagine when you read it. Maguire was easily replaceable in the film and brought nothing to the role. Mulligan did well at playing Daisy. DiCarpio was excellent at playing Gatsby, but Edgerton was the one that stood out playing the arrogant, racist, cheating husband, Tom Buchanan. On the whole the plot and the acting were lacking. I feel they went for style over substance in this film.

Overall I give The Great Gatsby 6 out of 10. The soundtrack, sets and costumes are phenomenal – the acting and storyline just fails to capture the same essence.

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