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The Great Gatsby (2013). A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.
Loud, brash and oddly intimate, this is a pretty wonderful adaptation of The Great Gatsby (even if people say otherwise). I’m a huge F. Scott Fitzgerald fan, and I was surprised by the vitriol some others responded to Luhrmann’s adaptation of the novella. Sure, Fitzgerald’s work is ultimately a criticism of the shallowness and emptiness of the party life, but I feel like this is such an obvious partnership. Luhrmann specialises in choreographing these sorts of loud party scenes and does a good job of making them glitzy and, for the most part, empty. It helps that the emotional heart of this film, being not the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy, but rather the one between Daisy and Nick, is well done too, giving a lot more shade to the rather empty character of them both. 8/10.