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Film Reviews: The Great Gatsby (2013) and The Internship (2013)
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The Great Gatsby (2013). Based on the book by F Scott Fitzgerald and directed by Baz Luhrmann. Set in 1920s USA, the film starts with Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) in therapy, due to a traumatic event that has caused him to be an alcoholic. He recounts the story of when he moved to New York state to work in the stock exchange, after giving up as a writer. His small house was next door to a mansion where parties were thrown every night by a man called Gatsby, that no-one had ever seen. The Great Gatsby is very much a Baz Luhrmann film, as with his previous it has various epic set pieces with a mash up of historical and contemporary music. I found the story both interesting and well directed, with a good atmosphere. I've got a soft spot for Tobey Maguire, versus my not so soft spot for Leonardo DiCaprio who plays Gatsby. Although Maguire was well cast, the babyfaced DiCaprio yet again seemed wrong for a role where he was supposed to have at least lived a little, even though he does a good job of the acting bit at least. They are supported by a great cast. The use at least in part of contemporary music didn't work for me, and jarred me out of the 1920s atmosphere. The special effects are often surreal and comic book in places, but that worked at least for me. Overall it's somewhat of a heart-rending romance without being clichéd, in story at least. For those who like somewhat darker romances, and don't have an issue with Luhrmann's lurid style. 4/5 (Good)

The Internship (2013). Written by Vince Vaughn and Jared Stern, and directed by Shawn Levy. The film starts with two salesmen (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) losing their jobs. Neither have good prospects, or much in the way of skills, but they decide to apply for the Google intern programme. The Internship is a collision of Vince Vaughn's humour and a near 119-minute advert for Google, so generally speaking is a bit schizophrenic. There are no surprises here in a by-the-numbers comedy. The Google bit is at least more than a single joke, but some might argue only just. If you've liked Vaughn's comedies in the past and aren't looking for anything more original then you should enjoy this. Fans of Google might want to watch to get an inkling of what it's like to work there, albeit no doubt with very thick rose tinted spectacles. 3/5 (Average)
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