Written October 28, 2016
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.
Written May 13, 2013
It started off slow but then one must remember that this was set in a time period where excess among the wealthy ruled the day. In many ways the film is a metaphor for today's society with its rampant air of entitlement and reckless abandon, not to mention complete disregard for those less fortunate.
The real saving feature of this film is the cinematograghy and that doesn't usually hold me to the film as it progresses but this one did. If any aspect of this film is nominated for an Academy Award, it will probably be this.
All in all, I would recommend going to see this film but keep your expectations in place for a 7.5 out of 10 work.
Written January 18, 2017
The book is a classic and one of my favorites. The visuals are amazing. It's one of the best movies I've ever seen in this department. It is borderline stunning. The first 30 minutes or so of the movie I was concerned because there wasn't much emphasis on the dialogue from the source material. It definitely improved in the second half. I thought they did a fine job of relaying the central themes of the film. Especially the symbol of the green light, Dr. Eckleberg, and the upper class' general attitude. It reminds of Buhrrman's Romeo and Juliet in many ways but it is much closer to the source than R and J was. Bottom line: It's not amazing or something you have to see but if you enjoyed the book, you should go. It's enjoyable. There are some fine performances and amazing visuals though the book is much better.
Written May 14, 2013
I made an account just so I can review this movie. This movie is on my top 5 favorite movies of all time now. People who read the book will notice about 2 to 3 things missing but the movie follows the book VERY well otherwise. People who are saying "Did Baz even read the book?!" I wish I could hurt them and ask them the same question. The acting was amazing, especially Leonardo DiCaprio! One thing I will agree with is that I wish the music would have been during the time period, instead of our time period. The parties were displayed so perfectly, the clothing was perfect and the way everyone spoke was great. I can not say enough good things about this film. GO SEE IT. I know I will be going to see it a second, even a third time! I MOST DEFINITELY WILL purchase the movie when it comes out on dvd.
Written September 28, 2016
This Movie was Beautiful. The beautiful homes and sets, the Costumes were amazing and DeCaprio was amazing!!! Loved it all.
I think the critics take themselves to serious. They don't know what they are talking about. This movie was true to the book and the acting was great! The only thing I didn't care for was Myrtle and that group. I think they made them look a little to cartoony. But I Loved it.