The Great Gatsby

Danielle Ortiz

The Great Gatsby 2013

The Great Gatsby, based off the novel written in 1925 written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald was released in theaters on May 10th, 2013 in the United States. The 2013 film was directed and co-written by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke. The film takes place in New York City during the roaring twenties through the eyes of Nick Carraway, Daisy's cousin guiding the audience through the story. The film looses Fitzgerald's vision with a modern twist. It may have been a bit excessive and over done with the music, parties, scenery, style etc. but surely ensures they lived a glamourous lifestyle. The 2013 Great Gatsby film doesn't capture what life would truly be like in the 20's and this may be where he loses his audience. For example the soundtrack consists of modern day music such as Jay-Z, Beyonce, Florence and the Machine, and Will.I.Am. The rap/pop music is where we loose touch with the 20's. Overall, Luhrmann exceeds with exaggerating the life style of the 20's.

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The Great Gatsby 1974

This Great Gatsby film was released in 1974 and directed by Jack Clayton. The film stars Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, and Sam Waterston as the main characters. The Great Gatsby (1974) film stays true to F. Scott Fitzgerald's vision and follows the book right on through Nick Carraways journey of life in New York City during the 1920's. The audience is able to feel as they are following the book because it is much more realistic but may not catch they eyes of todays audience due to the lack of flashy and exaggerated entertainment the 1974 film does not have. Overall, Clayton effectively portrays the 1920's lifestyle to his audience while not overdoing.The characters remain genuine to the characters Fitzgerald wrote in The Great Gatsby.