I didn't see a topic about Baz Luhrmann's 2013 version of Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 masterpiece, The Great Gatsby so . . .
I saw the Luhrmann version in 2013 and found the movie enjoyable enough, especially its visual recreation of Roaring Twenties New York. Surprisingly, I had never read the Fitzgerald book so I had no reference point for evaluating the movie's fidelity to the source material. SInce then, over several successive summers, I've read and reread The Great Gatsby and become entranced by it. If ever there was a perfect book, The Great Gatsby is that book, Nothing can be added to it to make it better and nothing can be taken away from it to make it better. It is perfect unto itself.
In any event, I bought a cheap DVD copy of the Luhrmann film this summer to see how it compares to the novel. I must say that I found the movie much less enjoyable than I did before I had an actual reference point for it. The biggest disappointments were the changes/additions to Fitzgerald's characters, dialogue and plot. Especially disappointing were the changes to the established character of Nick Carraway as it exists in the book. The movie depicts Nick as this wide-eyed naif from the Midwest and then as a "morbidly alcoholic" wreck. Neither of those characterizations are consistent with Fitzgerald's depiction of Nick, who begins the book being somewhat worldly and ends it disappointed but not broken, Tobey Maguire's performance doesn't help matters as his acting sometimes seems more appropriate for a screwball comedy than the actual movie he's appearing in.
I also don't like how the movie changes the book in regard to the blame for Myrtle's death. In the book, the driver who killed Myrtle is never found. In the movie, Gatsby is believed to be the hit-and-run driver. It's an important change because the movie version gives the people who attended Gatsby's parties a valid reason for not attending his funeral. The book version is more powerful because the no-shows make Nick realize how shallow and vapid the culture surrounding him really is.
On a more positive note, the movie is a visual marvel. Two of the most beautiful scenes in the movie are Nick and Jordan meeting at night on a a rooftop restaurant overlooking New York and then Nick arriving back to his modest home and seeing Gatsby's house all lit up, I also admire how the movie incorporates numerous treatment's of the theme, Lana del Rey's "Young and Beautiful," throughout the movie; the jazz foxtrot version being the best version.