The Great Gatsby Thursday, 09 July 2020

The Great Gatsby

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    The better-than-average Gatsby.

  • Starring:

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Vince Colosimo, Jason Clarke, Max Cullen, Amitabh Bachchan, Steve Bisley, Richard Carter, Adelaide Clemens, Mal Day, Elizabeth Debicki, Lisa Adam, Emmanuel Ekwenski, Eden Falk

  • Directed by:

    Baz Luhrmann

  • Running time:

    142 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man slaps his mistress, people are punched, domestic violence (implied). Hit and run accident. A man is shot, a man commits suicide (gunshot). Flashback vision of war trenches, fighting, troops marching and carrying guns, explosions. Speeding, reckless driving. A vessel near-capsizes, things get knocked over, threats are made. Diagnoses of morbidly alcoholic, insomniac, fits of anger mentioned. German spy, Kaiser's assassin, killing, hunting big game, warfare mentioned. Yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: Pedestrian hit by a car, body seen colliding with windscreen. Blood on face, forehead, clothes, chest, objects; bruising. Corpse beneath blanket, floating corpse, corpse in coffin. Tiepin made from human tooth. Bloody bullet wound.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Infidelity, flirting, kissing, bum-slap, bum-grab. A married men has sex with his mistress (moans, thumping noises heard). Voyeurism mentioned. A man has a sexual affair with a married woman, couple have implied sex beneath the sheets. Nudity: Skimpy dancewear and performance costumes. Swimwear, cleavage, underwear, undressing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, spirits, cocktails, champagne), drunken behaviour. Getting drunk, cheap alcohol, ban on liquor mentioned. Smoking (cigars, cigarettes). Gambling (roulette). Match-fixing mentioned.A couple consume nerve pills.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling, antisemitism, racism. Racial, gender, ethnic, cultural, sexual stereotyping. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Infidelity, love triangles, marriage, affairs, wealth, old money, wild parties, cabaret, high society, hedonism, reinvention, gangsters, philanthropy, Wall Street, stock market trading, speakeasies, credit, investment, writing, secrets, eccentricity, romance, mystery, destiny, obsession.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead ancestors mentioned, grieving. Sanitarium, funeral settings. Horses, birds, geese, chickens, dogs, snake-shaped decorations. Light aircraft, aerobatics, fireworks, fur stoles and rugs, thunder, shooting stars, taxidermy (peacock). Black-and-white footage interspersed with colour. Sky-high, fast-paced, sweeping aerial cinematography over cityscapes and plummeting toward ground. Based on F Scott Fitzgerald's eponymous novel.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Extravagant, over-the-top, ambient, bold, imaginative. First-rate cast, ballsy soundtrack, staggering costume design. Edgerton steals the show. Frenetic first half. Captures spirit of F Scott Fitzgerald.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Nick (character) becomes tiresome. Lagging second-half. Flimsy female characters, Mulligan struggles as Daisy. Cast performances out of synch with film's rhythm. Soulless, doesn't live up to its lavishness. Will upset fans/purists of the classic novel.

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