Written March 03, 2015
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.
Written July 29, 2015
Fairly faithful to the book, with the usual time compressions and character condensations. Well acted for the most part, gorgeous sets and costumes. Interesting sound track, the mixture of hip hop with Jazz has caused a great deal of comment, and will no doubt annoy Jazz aficionados and purists, but the purpose it served was to bring modern sensibilities, which for many regard the music of the period now as something quaint that great grandparents listed to, the sense that Gatsby's parties were totally modern, cutting edge "in" crowd events that only the hottest most hip people would be attending (jazz aficionados wil also note that several Jazz songs the characters listen to were also anachronistic; "Aint misbehavin" plays on a Victrola but it wasn't composed until 7 years AFTER the action Great Gatsby takes place). This every minor anachornisms aside, the score is very effective and highlights each scene perfectly. Well done and worth seeing.
Written August 01, 2015
While the vivid colors and wild party scenes were, indeed, stunning, the movie as a whole left me wildly underwhelmed. My husband and I went to see this for date night, and by the half-way mark we were considering walking out. I, having read the book, knew that there was still potential for it to get better, and didn't want to be a "quitter", so we stayed till the bitter end. DON'T DO IT. If you think it will get better, IT WON'T. We finally made a little game during the movie based on how many times Leonardo DiCaprio said "old sport", just to provide ourselves with a little entertainment, since it became abundantly clear that the movie itself was going to provide NONE whatsoever. I felt like it was designed to keep the attention of a child with ADD, as the scenes and conversations seemed to change so rapidly it was hard to follow! In the days that followed, my husband was almost severely injured, as he seemed unable to stop calling me "old sport".....uuuuuuugh. Don't bother.
Written September 02, 2014
Full disclosure: I love Baz Luhrmann and his films fill me with joy. If he's not your cup of tea, then Gatsby won't be either. But if you just relax and let his lyrical, visually rich vision flood over you, you will be pleased.
Leo D. does an excellent job being Baz's Gatsby. I finally understood why Nick says of him at the intro that he was the most hopeful man he had ever met.
I read the novel and I've seen the Robert Redford version and I really didn't "get" either of those. This one, I understand. But beyond that, it is just magical and mesmerizing. But only if you let it flow.
Written March 04, 2015
Slick blend of the novel with modern color, action, music and twenties flare of that era. Never boring. This long film moves right along with an interesting plot that keeps your attention.