I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
Baz Luhrmann’s drama film based on F Scott Fitzgerald ‘s novel of the same name is one of my personal favourites. It begins in 1929 when Nick Carraway (played by Toby Maguire) is in a sanatorium for alcoholism and talks about his ex neighbour Jay Gatsby(played by Leonardo DiCaprio) He remembers that he always used to throw wild parties and was shrouded in mystery.
The film switches back to 1922 when Nick moved to New York and rents a house on Long Island. Through his cousin Daisy (played by the fabulous Carey Mulligan) and the others around him he is lured into the cracks of his neighbour’s existence, fuelled with obsession, madness and tragedy.
Having seen the 2000 film version I preferred this version as is brought out the wildness of the 1920s through the post-modern elements, the fantastic soundtrack and cinematography, eventually culminating in the Wall Street Crash at the end of the film.
My rating 5/5