We took our seventeen year old daughter and all enjoyed this film equally. Casting must have been a
monumental task but it is extremely well done with cudos for special effects, make-up, costuming and music. There are many good elements to this movie, but It's definitely the story line adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald that makes it work. Its an fascinating and intriguing story. The acting is superb with Brad Pitt in the lead role and the supporting cast is equally accomplished. Historic detail is remarkable with extensive use of classic cars, signs, buildings, etc, all of which makes it feel quite authentic. Rated PG-13, there are suggestive scenes and some language but no raw nudity or vulgar profanity of the type that seem unatural to the scene. The film definitely delivered on the entertainment promise; not only do we feel we got our money's worth, we're thinking about seeing it again...its that good. If you're like us, you'll not stop thinking about it for awile. Take Kleenex.
This is a well acted and entertaining movie offering nostalgia, humor and even a hint of romance
and features some good individual performances. Especially for younger viewers, it may tend to be slow in spots and even flirt with over-working a point, but in general it's free of most of the stereo typical gimmics except a couple of instances of unnecessary token language, no doubt thrown in to avoid the dreaded "G" rating, and predictable excesses in the size and exuberance of crowds, etc. My personal preference would have been a bit more time up front developing the story line and a little less dwelling on the current state of mind of the main character but in fairness that criticism wasn't shared by others who viewed the film with me. Although the music was good, the experience overall would probably have been enhanced with a little more musical emphasiis. You'll spend time trying to figure out what Henry Poole is really about, so I'd recommend it to those who like character studies.
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