With some exceptions, most good parties require planning. The host knows how he wants things to go, and selects the elements to create that experience. The very best parties have a uniqueness that’s a reflection of the skill of the host’s planning. And with director Baz Luhrmann as our host, The Great Gatsby is an excellent party indeed.
Adapted rather faithfully from the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we view the story through the eyes of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), World War I veteran, bonds trader and aspiring writer. Luhrmann’s framing concept here is that the depressed and hospitalized Carraway, years after these events, is encouraged by his doctor to write down what happened during the fateful summer he lived on Long Island, in a small cottage next door to the enigmatic Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio).