If you want the cliff notes behind “The Great Gatsby” before you see the film this Christmas (which I shouldn’t reveal to you because you need to read the book if you never did in high school), here they are: Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) was sent off to be a soldier in World War I after he fell in love with Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan). Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) also fought in the war, is Daisy’s cousin, and narrates the story. After waiting for Leonardo DiCaprio to come back from the war, Carey Mulligan marries the evil Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton), who is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher). It’s the 1920s and Leonardo DiCaprio is now rich and having luxurious parties. People seem to think he is a bootlegger, since they do not know where his wealth comes from. Leonardo DiCaprio asks Carey Mulligan’s friend, who happens to be Tobey Maguire’s lady/lover/friend, Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki) to tell Carey Mulligan that he still loves her and wants her back. Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio meet and start an affair. Leo asks Carey to leave Joel Edgerton, but she won’t. After a party at Leo’s, Leo takes Carey home and accidentally runs over Joel’s lover, Isla Fisher. Isla Fisher’s husband is so distraught, that he later shoots Leo and kills him. Tobey Maguire tries to arrange Leonardo DiCaprio’s funeral, but no one comes to it. Tobey Maguire cuts off ties with Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton, while also breaking it off with Elizabeth Debicki. Everyone is sad and lonely at the end, and they see how dumb they are because rather than forming meaningful connections in their lives, they were boozing it up throughout the entire 1920s. Also, affairs are bad and if you are a mistress or gigolo, you will probably end up dying.
The scandalous allure of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” went out the window for me when I heard Tobey Maguire narrating Baz Luhrmann’s trailer, as Nick Carraway. It makes sense that the Tobey Maguire was cast, because Nick is an honest Midwestern man who finds drinking and partying to be “racy” and rarely engages in ostentatious behavior, but Maguire’s voice is too grating. Maguire is trying to be sexy, when he doesn’t have to be. That being said, I THOROUGHLY enjoyed listening to Maguire narrate “The Great Pinkie”, the “My Little Pony” version of “The Great Gatsby”. The audio-visual combination DEFINITELY made sense to me. In fact, the little ponies served the audio of the Baz Luhrmann trailer much better than the human actors did. Whoever uploaded the video provided a fantastic character guide, so that you can follow the story easily. Think of Pinkie Pie as Jay Gatsby, Rainbow Dash as Nick Carraway, Rarity as Daisy Buchanan, Applejack as Tom Buchanan, Twilight Sparkle as Jordan Baker, and Cherilee as Myrtle Wilson. I’m also providing you with a visual guide in case you’re confused:
Watch the “My Little Pony” rendition of “The Great Gatsby” here and tell us what you think! Rarity, not Carey Mulligan, gets an Academy Award in my opinion.