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Tuesday 24 April 2018

DVD Review: The Great Gatsby

THE book that bored generations of Leaving Cert students gets the Baz Luhrmann treatment and is just as much a feast for the senses as the director's Moulin Rouge.

Modern hip-hop gets the '20s' treatment, lavish parties dominate the screen, Manhattan looks alluring – it's big and bold.

It's the early 1920s, and we're introduced to Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), a recovering alcoholic who's angry at life.

He's encouraged to write down his feelings by his therapist, and opens a tale of lost love, lust and parties.

Carraway brings us back to the dizzying days in New York when he was a struggling stock broker living in a modest house on Long Island.

His next-door-neighbour is Gatsby, a man of mystery, whose past is murky, but whose present is filled with a giant mansion and lavish nights.

Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) befriends Carraway, but he's a man on a mission: to rekindle his love affair with Carraway's cousin Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), whom he let go four years earlier.

Now, Daisy's married to old moneyed Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) and the newly-minted Gatsby wants her back.

Tom is a philanderer and a drunk. Gatsby lures her to bed – until an epic fail, when Daisy begins to see that while hubby's a rat, Gatsby's a bit of a nutbag.

This is a tale of power, money and the vicious lengths to which the upper class will go to maintain what's theirs.

Carraway is the sole moral compass; Gatsby is love-struck, but also deeply flawed.

The acting is good, but the real star here is the overall look – it's simply stunning.

DVD EXTRAS: Deleted scenes, making of specials and interviews.

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