Extra Cinema: The Great Gatsby (15)

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Undated Film Still Handout from The Great Gatsby. See PA Feature FILM FILM Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Warner Bros. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM FILM Reviews.

Director: Baz Luhrman

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan.

LUHRMANN is the first film-maker in almost 40 years to commit F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel to the big screen, bringing his distinctive style and youthful energy to a story of smouldering passions in swinging 1920s New York.

Mysterious millionaire war hero Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) is famed for throwing the most lavish and decadent parties for the social elite. Everyone wants to be close to the dashing and moneyed man of mystery.

Lowly stockbroker Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is drawn into Gatsby’s orbit thanks to his friendships with golfer Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki), his cousin Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) and her husband Tom (Joel Edgerton).

As Nick is granted admission to Gatsby’s inner circle, he discovers heartbreak in the millionaire’s murky history.

Past and present collide and Nick bears witness to the poisoning of friendships by jealousy and forbidden desire.

Rating: 8/10