Writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), his beautiful cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her blue-blooded husband Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) fall into the seductive world of mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) in this dazzling visual journey from Baz Luhrmann based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's timeless novel.
This was far worse than I thought it would be - taking this much license with a story is usually doomed to failure and this went beyond failure.
The story is ripped to shreds and put back together to focus purely on the hedonistic part of the tale, in order to allow over the top costuming and glamour with no substance at all. Ignoring the message of the way in which Gatsby uses his wealth to impress, due to an obsession which ultimately ruins his life.
To reduce this to a comic-book style romp with no real story, no explanation of his life, and with no way to make any sense of the opening scenes, is beyond bizarre. Add to this, the constantly chopping and changing camera angles (is this s comment on people's lack of concentration), making me feel seasick, and I could not make it past the first 1/3 of the film. Truly horrible and not Great Gatsby, more a great disappointment!