REVIEW: THE GREAT GATSBY

CAST

Leonardo DiCaprio (Catch Me if You Can)
Tobey Maguiree (Spider-man)
Carey Mulligan (Shame)
Joel Edgerton (Red Sparrow)
Elizabeth Debicki (Everest)
Isla Fisher (Bachelorette)
Jason Clarke (White House Down)
Amitabh Bachchan (Sholay)
Jack Thompson (Don’t Tell)
Adelaide Clemens (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
Callan McAuliffe (I Am Number Four)
Barry Otto (The Punisher)

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in The Great Gatsby (2013)In 1929, Nick Carraway, a World War I veteran, is receiving treatment for alcoholism at a psychiatric hospital. He talks about Jay Gatsby, the most hopeful man he had ever met. Nick’s doctor suggests that he writes his thoughts down, since writing is Nick’s passion. In the summer of 1922, Nick moves from the Midwest to New York after abandoning writing. He rents a small house in the North Shore village of West Egg, next to the mansion of Gatsby, a mysterious business magnate who often holds extravagant parties. One day, while Nick has dinner with his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband, Tom, he is introduced to Jordan Baker by Daisy, who hopes to make a match between them. When Nick returns home, he sees Gatsby standing on the dock, reaching towards the green light coming from the Buchanan dock.Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby (2013)Jordan tells Nick that Tom has a mistress who lives in the “valley of ashes”, an industrial dumping site between West Egg and The City. Nick and Tom visit the valley and stop at a garage owned by George Wilson and his wife, Myrtle, Tom’s mistress. Later, Nick receives an invitation to one of Gatsby’s parties. Upon arrival, Nick learns he is the only one to receive an invitation and none of the guests have ever met Gatsby. Nick encounters Jordan, and both meet Gatsby. Gatsby offers Nick a ride to town for lunch. On the way, Gatsby tells Nick he is an Oxford graduate and war hero from a wealthy Midwestern family. They go to a speakeasy, where Gatsby introduces Nick to his business partner, Meyer Wolfsheim.Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby (2013)Jordan tells Nick that Gatsby had a relationship with Daisy years ago and is still in love with her, and that Gatsby threw parties in the hopes that Daisy would attend. Gatsby asks Nick to invite Daisy to tea. After an awkward reunion, Gatsby and Daisy begin an affair. Gatsby is dismayed when Daisy wants to run away with him and wants her to get a divorce. He asks Nick and Jordan to accompany him to the Buchanan home, where he and Daisy plan to tell Tom that Daisy is leaving him. During the luncheon, Tom becomes suspicious of Gatsby and Daisy, but Daisy stops Gatsby from revealing anything to Tom and suggests they all go to the Plaza Hotel. Tom drives Nick and Jordan in Gatsby’s car, while Gatsby drives Daisy in Tom’s car. Tom stops for gas at George’s garage, where George tells him that he and Myrtle are moving and that he suspects Myrtle is unfaithful.Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Debicki in The Great Gatsby (2013)At the Plaza, Gatsby tells Tom of his affair with Daisy. Tom accuses Gatsby of having never attended Oxford and having made his fortune through bootlegging with mobsters. Daisy says she loves Gatsby but cannot bring herself to say she never loved Tom. Eventually, both Gatsby and Daisy leave. After fighting with George over her infidelity, Myrtle runs into the street and is fatally struck by Gatsby’s car after mistaking it for Tom’s. After learning about Myrtle’s death, Tom tells George that the car belongs to Gatsby and that he suspects Gatsby was Myrtle’s lover. Nick deduces Daisy was the driver, though Gatsby intends to take the blame. Nick overhears Daisy accepting Tom’s promise to take care of everything, but he does not tell Gatsby. Gatsby admits to Nick that he was born penniless; his real name is James Gatz, and he had asked Daisy to wait for him until he had made something of himself.Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby (2013)The next day, Gatsby hears the phone ringing and thinks it’s Daisy. Before he can answer it, he is shot and killed by George, who then commits suicide. Nick is the only person other than reporters to attend Gatsby’s funeral, as Daisy and Tom are leaving New York. The media paints Gatsby as Myrtle’s lover and killer. Disgusted with both the city and its inhabitants, Nick leaves after taking a final walk through Gatsby’s deserted mansion and reflecting on Gatsby’s ability to hope. In the sanatorium, Nick finishes typing his memoir, titling it The Great Gatsby.Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby (2013)Overall, The Great Gatsby is a fantastically entertaining and enthralling film. It is horribly underrated as it is filled with awards worthy visuals, sets, costumes, direction, and performances. It is a great time at the movies for anyone that enjoys the classic novel or who haven’t even heard of it. Not only is this film dramatically satisfying, but also quite humorous and a spectacle like no other.

REVIEW: THE CUSTODIAN

CAST

Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace)
Hugo Weaving (The Matrix)
Naomi watts (Birdman)
Barry Otto (The Great Gatsby)
Kelly Dingwall (Raw Nerve)
Essie Davis (The Babadook)
Wayne Pygram (Farscape)

Featuring some of Australia’s finest actors who weren’t so established when this film was released. Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) puts in a powerful performance as the unwitting hero on the verge of a nervous breakdown, James Quinlan, who is hell bent on destruction following the breakdown of his marriage to an annoying and humiliating alcoholic.

Hugo Weaving (Matrix – Agent Smith) is cast as his unscrupulous partner for the local constabulary and apparent friend, Frank Church, but his luxurious life style, along with some of his colleagues, leads to an investigation into police corruption instigated by Quilan. LaPaglia’s wounded character is now determined on not being recognised as the fool and fully focused on bringing them all down; even if it means losing his only friendship and what little else he has remaining in his life in the process.

Barry Otto is superbly cast as internal affairs agent Ferguson, who’s about the only other straight cop on the force, and his venomous performance full of righteous justice compliments LaPaglia’s rage of hellfire when a twist of cruel fate pushes the two pillars of integrity together; but, each of them must fight in their own way to bring a new order to the upper echelons of the local law enforcement. The dialogue in this film is gripping and executed superbly from all the cast and is helped along the way by an understated and timeless score. Also, look out for a very young Naomi Watts who appears in a couple of scenesr. If you like finding under-appreciated gems then give this relatively unknown Australian adventure drenched in film noir a viewing.

REVIEW: THE PUNISHER (1989)

 

CAST

Dolph Lundgren (Universal Soldier)
Louis Gosset Jr. (Enemy Mine)
Jeroen Krabbe (The Fugitive)
Kim Miyori (The Grudge 2)
Bryan Marshall (Embassy)
Nancy Everhard (Deepstar Six)
Barry Otto (Strictly Ballroom)
Brian Rooney (Spellbinder)
Lani John Tupu (Farscape)

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Frank Castle (Dolph Lundgren) has taken to living in the sewers following the murder of his family at the hands of the city’s criminal underworld. Now, he acts as an angel of vengeance – waging war on the mob bosses, punishing the guilty and protecting the innocent. Nicknamed ‘The Punisher’ Frank lives a solitary existence only surfacing to mow down bad guys in various acts of machine gun spewing violence. Between bouts of blowing people away, Frank is hunted by his ex-partner Jake Berkowitz (Louis Gossett, Jr) and between the two of them, they team up once more to take down the Japanese mob – led by Jeroen Krabbé and Kim Miyori as the very entertaining Lady Tanaka.

Celebrated action editor Mark Goldblatt (Commando, The Terminator) calls the shots and he keeps the movie brisk, allowing the action to take centre stage and not allowing such things as character development or emotion slow things down! Kudos also to cinematographer Ian Baker who embues the movie with a cold steel look that accentuates the isolation and clearly the mindset of the title character. The supporting cast do a great job but its Dolph’s show all the way as he combines macho with a distinct dislocation from the real world, giving you the impression that he’s clearly not all the ticket.