...in the movies, at least!
In pop-auteur Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, aspiring writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) recounts his experiences with the titular character to an elderly doctor. The milieu: the 1920s.
Alcohol flows like rivers as flappers, seedy underground casinos, and the decadence of hedonism blanket the city of New York. Nick, who works as a bonds salesman, gets entrenched in the allure of the rich and famous. As he rubs elbows with the privileged—courtesy of his cousin Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) who’s married to the wealthy Tom Buchanan (menacingly awesome Joel Edgerton)—he slowly sinks into a sandpit of disloyalty and tragic love.
His mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby (captivatingly played by Leonardo DiCaprio), catches his attention with lavish parties drenched in champagne, lust, and the beautiful elite. But Gatsby has got a plan, and his intentions and sights are set on the glamorous Daisy.
With a musical score helmed by Jay-Z (other featured artists include The XX, Florence and the Machine, and Lana Del Rey) and production design synonymous with Luhrmann’s cotton candy vision, the film has a color palette and vibrancy drunk with luminescence (pro-tip: don’t see it in 3D, it guarantees a headache). It’s a solid translation to the screen in terms of visual aesthetic and DiCaprio’s command of the role, however, much of its strengths are on the surface rather than in the content.
We would call a SPOILER ALERT, but since this is actually the third movie adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald great American classic, we won’t shame ourselves for leaking the fact that Jay Gatsby bites the dust at the end.
And because Leo and those bright baby-blues are man-crushingly endearing, we’ve collated other movies where the seminal leading man holds the cold hand of death at the end. It’s just more fun (and dreadful) to see pretty boys die. The Train of Leo DiCaprio Deaths start on the next page!
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