Director: Baz Luhrmann Writers: Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce; based on the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan, Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson, Jason Clarke as George Wilson, Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker Rated PG-13 Running time: 2 hours 23 minutes IMDB page:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343092/ Plot: In 1920s New York, Nick Carraway relates the story of his friendship with the mysterious, lovelorn Jay Gatsby.
If the Jazz Age was all about excess, then what better director to adapt its greatest novel than Baz Luhrmann? The man behind Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet is all about the shimmy and sparkle. Adapting The Great Gatsby, he gets to indulge his wild visual style while finally approaching something like a serious drama. Well, sort of.
Like most of us who grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Jason Segel was a big fan of Jim Henson’s Muppets. Unlike most of us, he became a successful actor, who could convince Disney to let him write and star in a new movie about the beloved icons.
He does everyone proud with The Muppets, introducing a new generation to the dormant franchise without skimping on the nostalgia. Segel plays Gary, a small-town boy with a pretty girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams), and a brother named Walter who’s a little … different, as in noseless and made of felt. When Walter tags along on Gary and Mary’s vacation in Los Angeles, he not only discovers his true identity as a Muppet, he leads an effort to save the gang’s old theatre from demolition by an evil oil tycoon (Chris Cooper).