Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Great Gatsby - A Preview

Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), a young man from Minnesota, moves to New York in the summer of 1922 to learn about the bond business. He rents a house in the West Egg district of Long Island, a wealthy but unfashionable area populated by the new rich, a group who have made their fortunes too recently to have established social connections and who are prone to garish displays of wealth. Nick’s next-door neighbor in West Egg is a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), who lives in a gigantic Gothic mansion and throws extravagant parties every Saturday night.


Although Fitzgerald is telling us a story about love and rejection, on a different, darker level, he is telling us a tale of decay and decadence.  Perhaps this is the perfect time for this classic story returns to the minds of the American people.  For many years just the name Gatsby always had the connotation of opulence and decadence.  Now that the United States has just come through a recession due to a certain amount of financial decadence, we head into a new era of social and moral renewal. The world is a point where technology is racing ahead, faster than our souls can keep up.  We have new opportunities for the younger generations to make money with the new leaps in technology.  The question we all must ask ourselves is with this new technology, will the American people realign their goals to focus on discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness, or, will we allow ourselves to slip into a some sort of decay.

Also staring  in "The Great Gatsby," is British actress, Carey Mulligan who has had staring roles in  "Shame," "Drive," "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," and "Never Let Me Go" to name a few, as Daisy Buchanan -- Gatsby's love interest.  Playing Daisy's husband Tom, is Australian actor Joel Edgerton of "Star Wars," "The Thing" and "Zero Dark Thirty" fame. As Tom's lover and mistress, Myrtle Wilson, is played by the beautiful Isla Fisher ("Confessions of a Shopaholic"). 

At the helm of "The Great Gatsby" is the director of 2008 film "Australia,Baz Luhrmann. Writing credits go not only to Luhrmann, but also to his ofttimes collaborator, Craig Pearce. Pearce's resume includes  "Charlie St. Cloud", "Romeo + Juliet" as well as "Moulin Rouge!.

"The Great Gatsby"  is scheduled for release in the USA on May 10th 2013.

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Movie Data

Genre: Drama
Year:  2013
Staring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Tobey Maguire
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Producer(s): Lucy Fisher, Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Douglas Wick
Writer: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearc
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 143 minutes
Release Date: 5/10/2013

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