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The Great Gatsby (2013)

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by Joe Giambrone

There are a handful of directors who always prompt me to venture out and endure the American multiplex experience.  These are James Cameron, Darren Aronofsky, Terry Gilliam, Michel Gondry, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Baz Luhrmann.

Now I believe Gatsby is a good film, and you should see it, but it's not a truly great film.  I also believe that I'm onto why that is, which will take some spoilers, after the jump.

So see the film.  But if you want to hear me bicker and b*tch and tear the thing apart ...  


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Baz Luhrmann went to exceptional lengths to engineer Gatsby in his image.  He committed to a 3-D experience, and it shows.  The usual 3-D chicanery pops out and slides by, almost constantly.  This I didn't mind, and it makes for another element to keep the eyes from getting too used to the view.  That's not such a bad thing.  I saw Life of Pi in 3-D as well, and sat mesmerized the entire two hours (better film by the way).

Luhrmann's exceptional efforts here apply to the story as well, and he acknowledges expanding on the original text.  His team used notes and as much primary-source material as they could find to construct the narrative and make it more film-friendly.  The Nick (Tobey Maguire) character -- narrating -- was expanded on.  Not sure if this expansion was sufficient, as there is a disconnect between Nick's life during the summer of Gatsby, and his present-moment supposed urgent need for psychological therapy.  Some steps may have been overlooked concerning that transition.  The film is long, however, and expanding further is always problematic.

Which brings me to the real problem with The Great Gatsby:


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Daisy (Carey Mulligan).

Not only is she not listed as a "star" of The Great Gatsby over at IMDB, she doesn't appear on the list until the 41st spot!  I counted.

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She's the protagonist!  It is her decision, to choose between Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) or Tom (Joel Edgerton).  It is her choice that undoes Gatsby and is the entire story fulfilled, the underlying class conflict, the crushing of dreams, the cold reality to Gatsby's fantasy delusions -- which he actually made sort of real for a while.  How could such a key part of the story wind up 41st on the list?  Because, like the other metaphors and analogies floating around in this 3-D fantasy world, Daisy's character was overlooked and underdeveloped.  Think about the story of Gatsby from Daisy's POV.


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So, are we to think of Daisy as a prize, a reward, an object, a prop?  Can't ask Fitzgerald, but I do believe that Luhrmann may have flubbed this one.  The blame has to go somewhere, and since he saw fit to expand Tobey Maguire's character to unneeded degrees, we must ask why Daisy got such short attention here.  Is it a gender thing?  Subconscious favoring of the male roles?  Lost in the testosterone?

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Joe Giambrone is an American author, freelance writer and filmmaker. Non-fiction works appear at International Policy Digest, WhoWhatWhy, Foreign Policy Journal, Counterpunch, Globalresearch, , OpedNews, High Times and other online outlets. His science fiction thriller Transfixion and his Hollywood satire (more...)
 

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