Film Analysis: The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“The Great Gatsby “, film adaptation directed by Baz Luhrmann in 2013 is almost as great as the novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. The Great Gatsby is a literary classic which is set in the 1920’s in the fictional town of West Egg. The tale is based on Nick Carraway, who is a Midwestern war veteran in the summer of 1922, who finds himself obsessed with the past lifestyle of his mysterious, fabulously and wealthy neighbour Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. This film adaptation compared to the novel is a very interesting one. It is also easily understood and keeps the viewers’ attention right through the movie. In this movie the sceneries, in most instances, ...view middle of the document...

The plot of the film is almost entirely faithful to the novel, but Luhrmann’s version of the movie with his co-screen writer Craig Pearce left out a part of the story, which is the affair between Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debecki) and Nick. Jordan Baker is a friend of Daisy’s who is from Louisville and she is also a great golfer. Daisy plays a part in this scene where she promises to set them up by pushing the both of them “accidentally in linen closets and … out to sea in a boat,” a line the screenplay keeps but then, according to film, the matter was not included. According to film character Nick, he said that he found Jordan first impression to be “frightening,” a word Carraway didn’t use to describe her in the novel and later at Gatsby’s we see Jordan whisked away from Nick by a male companion, which doesn’t happen in the novel. In the novel, Nick and Jordan becomes a couple and near to the end of the summer they break up.
Carey Mulligan is a suitable person for the character of Daisy Buchanan, because she fits her physically and vocally. According to Matt Zoller Seitz a critique film writer he said that “when she flirts, the famous description of the character having "a voice like money" nearly makes sense but the film doesn't idealize her, as Gatsby and Nick often seem to.” Daisy is matched suitably overmatched, really by Joel Edgerton's Tom. Matt Zoller Seitz also stated that “the actor suits the novel's description of the character as "hulking" and projects the jovial arrogance of a thug impersonating a cultured man with money; he's scary but life-sized, and always comprehensible.” The minor roles such as Elizabeth Debecki’s (Jordan Baker) were properly cast, too, as a standout. The director is sincerely attentive in his actors' performances, and in the characters' psyches. When the story's seething resentments detonate the result is a more influential experience than crowd scenes and Computer Generated Imagery panoramas can carry out.
DiCaprio impersonation of Gatsby is the movie's utmost and humblest exceptional effect; an impression fabricated mainly through voice and body language. Matt Zoller Seitz said that “on the page, the character is so mysterious, so much a projection of the novel’s narrator, that you'd think he'd be as unplayable onscreen as Kurtz or John Galt; he eluded Alan Ladd and Robert Redford, the role's previous inhabitants.” DiCaprio as the character Gatsby makes him so credible and realistic. The brilliant choices of the actors emphasize the idea that Gatsby is presenting himself as the man he longs be, and also as the man others need him to be. One can see the intentions behind his eyes, but it also believed that he could hide them from most of the characters.
The description Nick has for the human personality as "an unbroken series of successful gestures" can be seen through DiCaprio’s acting. Matt Zoler Seitz continues by saying that “Baz Luhrmann cuts some of the scenes to make it seem as if the character...

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