The Great Gatsby | 2013

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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Main Plot

The Great Gatsby follows the story of Jay Gatsby, a mysterious millionaire who throws extravagant parties in hopes of reconnecting with his lost love, Daisy Buchanan. As Gatsby's obsession with Daisy grows, revelations about their past unfold, leading to a tragic ending. The film explores themes of wealth, love, and the pursuit of the American Dream against the backdrop of the vibrant and tumultuous 1920s in New York City. With lavish set designs and costumes, the film captures the decadence and excess of the Jazz Age while delving into the complexities of human relationships and the consequences of chasing an unattainable dream.

Characters

  • Jay Gatsby, a wealthy and mysterious man who throws extravagant parties in hopes of reuniting with his lost love, Daisy Buchanan, and winning her back.
  • Daisy Buchanan is a wealthy socialite who is married to Tom Buchanan but has a romantic history with Jay Gatsby. She is the object of Gatsby's affection and desire.
  • Tom Buchanan, a wealthy and arrogant socialite who is married to Daisy Buchanan. He is involved in an affair with Myrtle Wilson and serves as a foil to Jay Gatsby.

Ending Explained

In the ending of The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann, Gatsby is shot and killed by George Wilson, who believes Gatsby was driving the car that killed his wife, Myrtle. Nick Carraway arranges Gatsby's funeral, but only a few people attend, highlighting the emptiness of Gatsby's extravagant life. Nick decides to leave West Egg, disillusioned by the shallowness and corruption he has witnessed. He reflects on the ultimate futility of Gatsby's pursuit of Daisy and the American Dream. The film closes with Nick finishing his manuscript and throwing it into the wind, symbolizing the fleeting and fragile nature of dreams and desires in the world captured by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Baz Luhrmann Drama Romance Leonardo DiCaprio Carey Mulligan Joel Edgerton