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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio
Tobey Maguire
Elizabeth Debicki
Isla Fisher
Joel Edgerton
Carey Mulligan
Directors
Baz Luhrmann
Screenwriters
Baz Luhrmann
Craig Pearce
Running Time
143 minutes

The Great Gatsby
All that Bazz


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Plot
New York, 1922, the Jazz Age — where the callow Nick Carraway (Maguire), wannabe writer, recalls the tale of super-rich playboy Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) and his tragic passion for the married Daisy Buchanan (Mulligan), a story that captures a decadent era in all its glory and ruin.


Verdict
Despite DiCaprio’s prize performance, purists will fume, but even as lit-crashing razzle-dazzle entertainment Luhrmann’s adaptation is a candelabrum too far.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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