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Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Red Wagon Productions present a PG-13, 143 minute, 3D romantic drama, directed by Baz Luhrmann, written by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce with a theater release date of May 10, 2013.


The story is told through the experiences of Nick Carraway (Tobey McGuire) while in consultations with a doctor at The Perkins Sanitarium. The doctor recommends since Nick cannot talk about how he met the most influential man of his life then it would be best to write of him.  Nick did just that pencil to paper also told in a narrative feature throughout the story about this influential man he speaks of, J. Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio).
A young man with dreams of succeeding in New York City, Nick took a job on Wall Street working with Bonds.  He aspired to become a writer but he needed to pay his bills especially those of the guest house he rented next to Gatsby’s castle.  The man of mystery with the signature ring he wore upon his finger.  No one really knew who he was, although he was certainly well known for his eccentric parties.  New York people from all walks of life came to partake in dance, liquor, sex and much more on the weekends, never an invitation but always a good time.  Actually the only person to ever get a formal invitation happened to be Nick from which he graciously attended in hopes of meeting this man known as Gatsby who spies on him from his upper window of the castle.
Nick was friends with Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) who happened to be married to Daisy (Carey Mulligan), Nick’s cousin.  Tom was a wealthy business man and owned the mansion across the water from Gatsby and one can always spot it in the dark due to the green light that flashed on the shoreline from the home.  Tom was a bit of a playboy and kept a mistress in town, Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher).  Her husband George (Jason Clarke) was unaware as was Daisy although the many phone calls to the mansion made her think otherwise as she brushed it off as most women seemed to do in the 1920’s.  Daisy’s friend Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki) was a big support to her as well as to Nick soon after they met at the Buchanan residence and later at Gatsby’s big party.   Nick seemed to be making some friends but more so he became the “old sport” of Gatsby as he drew him ever so closer into his world of tragic romance still a part of the past rather than the future.
Nick tried to explore more about Gatsby after he formally met him.  Who he was, who he is, how he became wealthy able to afford the cars, home, designer clothing those were all mysteries that Nick was working to unfold.  Who was Meyer Wolfsheim (Amitabh Bachchan) and what role did he play in Gatsby’s life?  Secrets were rampant in the Gatsby home, one in particular which eventually came to the surface.  Gatsby needed Nick to invite Daisy for tea one afternoon.  Why?  Well, Gatsby was trying to resurrect the past, the love that Daisy and Gatsby once and possibly still do feel for each other.  As for Daisy’s relationship with Tom it bordered on the question of whether she actually ever loved Tom since even after a hit and run it was evident that Gatsby always loved Daisy and continued for years to live his life for her.  Once Nick agreed in what turned out to be a bit of a comical meet and greet, the lives of Daisy, Tom, Nick, Gatsby and many others would suddenly take a tragic turn for the worse.  Nick finished his writing, secrets were revealed, and a shot and one phone call later all leading up to the bitter end titled “The Great Gatsby”. 
Brilliant direction and writing throughout the film but it is the color, the cinematography, the music, the cars, the wardrobe and the make-up that truly make this film artistically strong.  The use of 3D and the camera angles along with the digital brilliance help propel the audience into the story themselves.  Even though the story is 20 minutes too long you will still find yourself intrigued with the life of Gatsby along with the world and group of characters in which he lived amongst from day to day.  I liked the scene with the Schnauzer which seemed to play well with the audience reaction but the smoking and drinking in this story which I know was popular back then could have played well for a tobacco and alcohol sponsor by far.  If only the writers pay closer attention to the story rather than the brilliance in the photography of the film then this story would definitely had been close to perfect. Since the dialogue gets a bit dragged out and lack luster at times along with a bit trampled by the effects the appeal of what could have been great becomes more mediocre with a superb score.
Once again DiCaprio shines in this lead captivating the audience with his smile as he did in “Titanic” a similar comparison to the story line here other than the fact the couple are not sailing on an ocean liner but still headed for disaster.  Mulligan who tends to have a subtle beauty to her along with a back woods kind of appeal really did a nice job playing the love interest in this this love triangle.  McGuire takes a far leap from his “Spiderman” days and as the storyteller here in this film he proves that he can fly beyond his super-hero days.  Fisher as Myrtle Wilson truly is a nice support to the side story that takes place with Edgerton’s character who has a tendency to look the part as a flash back to the days of Cary Grant and Rock Hudson.  It may have been the moustache!  Overall the film is a technical masterpiece which has a lot going on throughout the story, the acting is superb and the writing is well done although a bit too lengthy and drawn out in some scenes.  The film is truly worth seeing on the big screen and although at time predictable it should hold its star power at the box office.  Written and appreciated with three paws out of four by Jon Patch.

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Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever...

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