The Great Gatsby movie matched with a 1920’s menu

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire & Carey Mulligan

Rating 6/10


– Youngish alcoholic, Nick Carraway (Maguire) finds himself in a sanatorium recovering from his hectic life in New York City and surrounds – namely his experience with super-rich neighbour Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio).
– Flashback to when he was younger and more naive.  Nick starts his job as a bond salesman-dude and moves into a humble cottage next to the ridiculously large Gatsby estate. He then visits his cousin, Daisy Buchanan (Mulligan) and overbearing super-duper-rich dude, Tom (Joel Edgerton) where he meets famous golfer chick Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki).
– Tom takes Nick out on the town with his floozy mistress, Myrtle (Isla Fisher) who is married to the petrol station owner in the middle of nowhere. They party with the arty farty crazy bohemian people and then the summer really begins.
– Nick gets an invitation to his first Gatsby party which is open to everyone in the New York area. It’s filled with extravagance from the food to the music to the decorations and entertainment – it’s big! But Gatsby seems to be absent! Strange.
– Nick eventually meets Gatsby and they start their friendship awww and Jay reveals that he and Daisy were once deeply in love and his plan to win her back even though she’s married to horrible Tom.
– Nick invites Daisy over to afternoon tea where she lays eyes on Gatsby for the first time in five years and their love affair is rekindled.
– Meanwhile the parties continue and tension increases between Gatsby and Tom when Jay tries to tell Tom that Daisy never loved him and she’s going to run off with him. Then there’s an accident and a disastrous event seals the sad old story.


Start your Gatsby night with champagne, daaaarling! And not just a boring glass of bubbly goodness, try your hand at this crazy construction – A Champagne Tower from Martha Stewart.

Don’t forget to eat with all that grog going down. Try these yummy Mushrooms Stuffed with Artichoke and Spinach Dip from Yum Sugar.


Image: Yum Sugar


I never thought these words would come out of my mouth (or computer) but I was bored, bored, bored by a Baz Luhrmann movie – ie this one. Although I absolutely loved Moulin Rouge, this dull little film was slow, badly acted (Maguire I’m looking at you) and incredibly depressing.

Now, I have read the book and this is not how I felt at the end. So much richness was lost with Baz trying to be Baz – it didn’t work without the humour! Moulin Rouge was so quirky and fun and special whereas this one was just boring and ho hum.

Don’t get me started on Tobey Maguire! What do directors see in him? He is boring, boring, boring – my nine-year-old son has more expression in his reading! I wanted to like Nick but the Tobey behind the Nick character just annoyed me. DiCaprio was fine and charming and Leo-ish! I’m a fan and the cast of mostly Aussie (hooray) actors did a fine job but the point of the whole story, the movie was lost on me. It picked up a bit at the end with the action sequences and love story but, yeah, they couldn’t redeem this movie!

So disappointing! Do you agree?

Main meal:

Dinner! And what’s more crazy yum than ham? What’s that? Spiced ham? Yes you’re right. Make this delish recipe and even if the movie sucks, this dish will rock! It’s Spiced Glazed Ham from Chatelaine.


Image: Chatelaine

The Great Gatsby trivia:

  • Budget – $105 million (oh behave! what a waste)
  • Maguire and DiCaprio have been close friends for years – time for some tough love, Leo – tell Tobey he can’t act!
  • The fancy cars in the movie (Duesenberg Model J) are super rare so they created replicas for the fast driving scenes and painted them to match the real things they used in the more subdued shots.
  • Apparently the Gatsby mansion was actually Luhrmann’s old high school in Australia
  • Amanda Seyfried and Scarlett Johansson were shortlisted for the role of Daisy
  • “Old Sport” is said 55 times throughout the movie
  • Luhrmann was hit in the head by a camera crane which delayed shooting for a bit while he was stitched up
  • Ben Affleck nearly played Tom and Bradley Cooper really wanted the role but it went to Aussie Edgerton
  • Did you spot Baz Luhrmann in the film? He played a waiter when Nick meets Jordan


Make Daisy’s favourite tangy cake! It’s Meyer Lemon-Yogurt Cake from Whole Living. How delicious does this look?

Have you read the book? Did you like the movie?

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