“The Great Gatsby” has been listed as one of the top three movies for summer movie goers in 2013. Based on the novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925, the movie has been an instant hit, said to make more than $330 million before it leaves theaters. In fact, the movie has done so well that it has become more of a success than the novel was in its time. With the success of the movie, fans have found a renewed interest in the novel, taking the novel to the top of best-selling lists everywhere. Ironically, the movie, like the book, has been received with mixed reviews, despite the high projected earnings at the box office.
In the movie, Nick Carraway, a World War I veteran and college graduate moves to New York to learn more about the bonds business during the jazzy 1920s. He settles into a rented house beside the mansion of Gatsby, a loner that doesn’t share his wealthy neighbor’s vices. Nick finds out that Gatsby is a mystery to most of his counterparts. No one knows how he got his fortune, or even what he really looks like. Gatsby is mostly known for the extravagant parties he throws, rife with alcohol and sexual encounters of a shocking nature. At a time when a high society centered on parties and illegal alcohol, Gatsby’s parties stood out above the rest. Over a period of time, social circles bring Nick and Gatsby together and Nick learns the secret behind Gatsby’s reason for buying the mansion and living extravagantly.
Nick is able to see first-hand the heartache and consequences that such a lifestyle can lead to, especially when Gatsby asks Nick to introduce him to his married cousin, Daisy. It is revealed that Gatsby was in love with Daisy before the war and found her married when he returned. Gatsby revealed to Nick that he has climbed the social ladder and obtained his wealth to impress and win back the love of the girl he had to leave behind when he fought for his country in World War I. Nick is put into an awkward position with Gatsby’s request and said no until he discovered the infidelity of Daisy’s husband, Tom. Tom isn’t known for his sensitivity and his rashness is abrasive on a strained marriage. Daisy is torn between her husband, Tom, and Gatsby, who proclaims his love for her and tries to woo her with his wealth and position. The drama unfolds with a hit-and-run and a wrongly accused man dying by the hands of another.
The part of Gatsby is played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Gatsby is in love with Daisy, but loses her when he has to go off to war with the Army. The part of Daisy is played by Carey Mulligan, who also played in “Pride and Prejudice” in 2005. The part of Nick Carraway is played by Tobey Maguire, who is recognized for his leading role in “SpiderMan”.
The movie is rated PG-13.