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The Great Gatsby

Updated on January 1, 2014

The Great Gatsby Movie

On the surface, the story of the great Gatsby is a tale of a man and womans love that just couldn't work out.

Nick Carraway is an educated man who is looking to make his mark in the world, but he also has connections to "old money". He is skirting the borders between the noveau rich and old money. On the surface the story is just about the people he meets and their interpersonal relationships.

But this story is also a scathing review of the entire era of the 1920's. Fitzgerald presents a society of pretension, deceit, cynicism, decayed social and moral values and empty pursuit of pleasure. It is a wild society with crazy parties and jazz... yet having little of real substance or value.

The Great Gatsby Movie premiered on Dec 12, 2012.

The Great Gatsby movie is written and directed by Baz Luhrmann.

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The Great Gatsby

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The Story of the Great Gatsy

Nick Carraway has fought in World War I after graduating from Yale University and he has returned home to Egg Harbor where he rents the house next to Millionaire Jay Gatbsy.

Nicks Cousin Daisy lives in the nearby in fashionable Egg Harbor with her husband Tom Buchanan. Nick also knows Tom from his time at Yale. Nick is quickly introduced to Jordan Baker who is expected by his cousin to become a romantic interest for young Nick.

Tom is a pseudo-intellectual and lives in the fashionable "old-money" section of town and has a mistress that he is keeping secret from Nick's cousin.

Tom's mistress is Myrtle Wilson, her husband is named Tom and he is a mechanic who owns a garage and seems to be a world away from the pretensions of Nick and his group of friends. .

Nick meets Tom's mistress Myrtle and sees that she is jealous of Dasiy and that Tom can be abusive.

Nick finally meets the rich Jay Gatsby and notices that although everyone seems to want to know more about him, almost no one seems to really know him at all. He is a man of a certain amount of mystery.

Nick becomes friendly with Gatsby, who tells him he is the csoin of a rich family that is all deceased. Nick Meets a character who is involved in organized crime. (a clear allusion to Arnold Rothstein)

From here on out telling more of the story would be ruining the surprises. Suffice to say, there are more of the love triangle, you discover more of Gatsbys mysterious past and it all ends in murder.

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Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby

Jay Gatsby is a mysterious rich man who lives next to Nick Carroway and seems to have everything going for him.

Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway

Nick Carraway is the protagonist of the story. He is returning from World War I and having graduated from Yale. He is noticing the lives of the rich people around him and is particularly fascinated by his nieghbor, Jay Gatsby

Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan

Daisy Buchanan is Nick's cousin who lives the life of the idle rich. She is married to Tom Buchanan but eventually begins to fall for Jay Gatsby. Jay had met her while an officer in World War one and is passionately in love with her.

Jason Clarke as George B. Wilson

George Wilson is a mechanis and a man of modest means. His wife Myrtyle is in love with, and the mistress of, Tom Buchanan

Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson

Myrtle is the wife of George Wilson and the mistress of Tom Buchanan

Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker

Jordan Baker is a knowledgeable and somewhat cynical local girl who is presented as a love interest for Nick Carraway

Callan McAuliffe as Young Jay Gatsby

Amitabh Bachchan as Meyer Wolfsheim

Meyer Wolfsheim is a reouted gangster who is suspected of having fixed the 1919 world series. This character is obviously based on real life character Arnold Rothstien

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      I read it many years ago and mostly forgot the story until I read your review. I'd really like to see the movie.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, I really REALLY need to know WHERE the premiere will take place. If you have any idea, can you please respond to this? If you want, you can e-mail me if you have any idea at I would be so grateful! Thank you!

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      I will look forward to seeing this movie.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This looks like a great movie to see. Thank you for sharing.