Written July 01, 2013
I LOVED THIS MOVIE, but before I loved this movie, I loved the book for its poetic prose and for bringing the pomp and parties of the '20s to life. If the book brought the '20s to life, then this movie breathed new, spectacular life into it with its vibrant colors, glamour, and music. The use of contemporary music made this era even more relatable to 21st century adults by paralleling our experiences. The modern twist inspired me to see this movie on the big screen and it did not disappoint. More important than the look and sound was the actual content, which glued this experience together. I was very pleased that the original storyline stuck, though I don't see why it would have had to be altered. It is definitely something to be appreciated in this day and age when movie makers take story ideas from books and re-warp them into their own inconsistent creation. My only complaint is DiCaprio's acting seemed "put on" at just a few points, but overall each character's acting was DARLING.
Written May 12, 2013
I thought that Leo and Toby were very good and Carey was a stunningly beautiful Daisy. However, the filming & sets were unrealistic and poorly done.
Written May 11, 2013
I expected little but wanted to see it anyway, and this film blew us away. It is visually stunning, the soundtrack is amazing, and the acting terrific. I am familiar with the short novel by Fitzgerald, in fact recently re-read it and was impressed by how close overall the film stayed to the intent and acton of the book. It does have some small, noticeable errors and gets a little slow near the end, but all the costumes are brilliant and historic details in general are so spot on accurate It is a great love story, action, period piece, moral tale film - not to be missed (but i don't see how 3D really would add to this)
Written May 25, 2015
I enjoyed the film. The acting was fine- and it was rather amazing that the American setting was actually filmed in Australia. The modern music didn't take away from the 1920s atmosphere. Gatsby is certainly one of the great American novels and this film does it credit.
Written September 21, 2014
This is a solid movie. I never read the book, so I can't compare, but as a movie it was a beautifully made endeavor. The pluses: Beautiful. Leonardo Di Caprio is really great as the character he embodies. The story is engaging and there is enough of a mix between glitz and emotion to carry you through. The music weirdly worked very well. The minuses: The supporting cast is alternately nailing a scene or making a mess of it. Baz Luhrmann also takes his hyper edit style to an exhausting pace in some scenes. Also, the movie practically mimics Moulin Rouge in style, story and music pace the first 15- 20 minutes, Weird.
All this being said, I'm glad I saw it. I was with a teen who thought it was very interesting, but the group of us were also squirming at the 2:20 appx running time. Cut 20 min and it would have been more effective. It's worth the ticket alone to see DiCaprio's performance. I'd give it a B.