The latest cinematic adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel comes from the hyperkinetic Baz Luhrmann and reunites the director with actor Leonardo DiCaprio. It also stars Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton.
It looks and feels exactly like you’d think a Baz Luhrmann-directed Gatsby movie would look and feel like. That has me worried. Luhrmann just rubs me the wrong way on every level. It’s like a chemical reaction where my entire being just intrinsically rejects his movies.
Anyway, if you’ve never read F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s book, well, go remedy that pronto. But if you don’t want to, then Slashfilm has your covered with the film’s official plot synopsis:
From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
Opens on Christmas.