An aspiring writer falls under the spell of an aloof millionaire with designs for the young scribe’s unhappily married cousin in director Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s celebrated novel. It’s the spring of 1922, and wide-eyed Midwesterner Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) has just moved to New York City in pursuit of the American Dream. Settling into a home next door to wealthy Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), Carraway grows increasingly fascinated by the elaborate parties held at his new neighbor’s estate. Meanwhile, across the bay, Carraway’s cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) flounders in her marriage to philandering aristocrat Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Inspired by the debauchery on display at Gatsby’s wild parties and the lives of the wealthy elite, Carraway begins putting pen to paper as it gradually becomes clear that his cousin and the millionaire share a complicated romantic past that remains unresolved. Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, and Elizabeth Debicki co-star.
“[T]he cast is first-rate…[and] importantly, the core thematic concerns pertaining to the American dream, self-reinvention and love lost, regained and lost again are tenaciously addressed.” (Hollywood Reporter)
“Every frame is sincere….Its style fascinates.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“DiCaprio is smartly note-perfect….Joel Edgerton’s virile turn as Daisy’s bullish, unfaithful husband Tom also impresses…” (Total Film)
“Everyone does look the part in this GATSBY, not least DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan….Catherine Martin once again stands out for her production and costume design.” (Variety)