Adaptation Review: The Great Gatsby (2013)

Yes, I usually write movie reviews in Bahasa Indonesia, but I think this one deserves a special treatment. So here I present to you….


10 Reasons Why You Should Watch The Great Gatsby

1. Leonardo diCaprio

Yep, he’s the main attraction, I cannot lie. If you can’t get enough of Leo then a movie which starred Leo as the pink-suited, lovestruck millionaire is for you.

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Leo wearing Gatsby’s eternal reassurance smile… 🙂

2. Baz Luhrmann

As a director, he certainly has a recognizable signature style. Anyone who has seen Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and Australia can tell. From these three movies, I have only watched Romeo and Juliet, but so far I think The Great Gatsby is the best work ever by Baz Luhrmann.


3. The Magnificent Set

Here are some pictures to enlighten you, since I can’t describe those with words! I especially love the humble abode of Nick Carraway, it looks so homey! Yep, I prefer to live in Nick’s house rather than Gatsby’s or the Buchanans’… 🙂

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Pictures are taken from here

4. The Superb Costumes

All that glam, all that jewels, all that 1920s fashion! I fell in love instantly with Daisy’s flowery dress ever since I saw the character poster. And of course, the costume designers also matched the costumes with the personality of each character. They did a great, great job!

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5. The Amazing Supporting Actors

Their acting was flawless. From Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, to Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher, I couldn’t find any fault in them. My favorite of all is Joel Edgerton’s acting that brought the character Tom Buchanan into life. And even the newcomer Elizabeth Debicki shone as the beautiful but indifferent Jordan Baker. The surprising one (and a bit weird) is maybe Amitabh Bachchan who played the role of Meyer Wolfsheim, who was a Jewish man in the book. In the movie it was never mentioned that Meyer is Jewish.


6. The Book

Ah, here we go back to the story, and the moral of the story. This tale about American dream and moral decay was crafted cleverly and beautifully by its author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is not without reason that this book is one of the acclaimed classics, made it into the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list, and still widely read until today. Read the book review here.

7. The Improvisation

As far as I can tell, this movie is almost exactly the same with the book except that Nick was being treated in a sanatorium for mental illness and was suggested to write down his experiences and thoughts into paper. I came to love this improvisation, because it didn’t alter the sense of the story at all. I also love how the movie ended. (Ah, go see it for yourself!) 😉

8. The Soundtrack

I listened to the songs and I can’t say I like all of them, but they represent the mood of the movie well. And also it is filled with famous names like Jay-Z, Beyonce, Fergie,, Jack White….mmmmm, the soundtrack is worth trying to listen to. Then you could decide for yourself whether you like it or not.

9. The Upcoming Awards

This movie will be nominated and win a lot of awards including the 2014 Academy Awards. My predictions (for the Academy Awards): it will win Best Director for Baz Luhrmann, Best Supporting Actor for Joel Edgerton, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design. How about Best Picture? Yes, I certainly hope so!

10. Because I AM recommending it to you! HA HA!

Average rating on IMDb: 7,5 out of 10 The Great Gatsby (2013) on IMDb
My rating: 9 out of 10


“The Great Gatsby”, released May 2013
Adapted by Baz Luhrmann from the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Screenplay written by Craig Pearce
Starring Leonardo diCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki, Adelaide Clemens, Jason Clarke, Amitabh Bachchan
Runtime 142 min.

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6 thoughts on “Adaptation Review: The Great Gatsby (2013)

  1. I love it too! I actually love how Nick was made to tell it from the sanatorium, it’s a genius idea to make the movie makes sense. One of my memorable scenes is Gatsby’s shooting (his expression from relieved to surprised and then the realization–I was actually weeping a bit here). The other one is the fluttering white curtains when Nick first entered Buchanans resident, that’s a perfect realization of the imagery scene from the book. And now I know what’s important about the scene.

    About the fashion, I like Jordan’s style, she represents modern women, while Daisy’s style is still too ‘Victorian’ 🙂


  2. Yup, the way Nick’s telling the story from a sanatorium is pretty awesome. In the movie tie-in edition I read, Luhrmann said it was inspired by Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon.

    Nick’s house is cute! 😀


  3. oh maaaan, belom nonton juga ini si bang leo gimana sih akuuu sebagai fans cukup memalukan 😀 btw, itu rumah si nick imut iihhh seneng deh liatnya…dan pengen liat adegan party2nya juga…minggu ini harus nontonnn 😀


  4. Aku sudah nonton film ini. Dan ratingku sama, yaitu 9 of 10! Bener-bener keren deh Leonardo dan pemain-pemain lainnya, dan soundtracknya juga terus terngiang-ngiang sampe sekarang. Aku juga suka penampilan pakaian mereka yang memang WOW banget ❤ Sedihnya, aku belum sempet baca bukunya 😦


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