[Quick Summary: Writer Nick Carraway observes the privileged lives of his cousin Daisy, her husband, and mysterious neighbor Gatsby.]
I think this adaption is remarkable for two reasons:
1) It makes Nick part of the action (he was an observer in the book).
2) It pulses with a 1920s squeeze-every-drop energy.
Note in the scene below:
1) How Nick is an observer (staying true to the book) but also a participant.
2) The non-stop energy (i.e., non-stop action) captures the recklessness of the time, but also reflect Tom's privileged attitude.
ex. INT. BUCHANAN MANSION - HALL OF CHAMPIONS - LATE AFTERNOON
Tom leads Nick down a grand hall lined with the trophies that chonicle Tom's infinite sporting achievements.
TOM: First team, all-American!
Tom admires his own achievements.
TOM: You see? Made me who I am today.
Tom pulls his favorite trophy from the cabinet --
TOM: Here --Forest Hills...I played the Prince of Wales. What a sissy!
Tom exchanges the trophy for a football.
TOM: Life's something you dominate Nick.
He pelts Nick with the ball --
TOM: If you're any good.
Nick fumbles as Tom charges him --
Tom tackles Nick, knocking him back, through a pair of vaulting doors, and into [the salon].
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: On the surface, the non-stop energy (i.e., non-stop action) captured the 1920s.
However, it was also tailored for each character. For Tom, it was recklessness. For Daisy, desperation.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
by Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce
Based on the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald