Written July 30, 2016
The Great Gatsby is visually stunning but words of praise stop there. An over the top attempt to make a near 100 year old American literary classic digestible to 21st Century audiences spoils what otherwise might have been a successful retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald's love story. Hip Hop music by Jay Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, and others as the soundtrack to a period piece featuring stunning art production and costumes true to the 1920s is not just stupid, but insane. Direction meanders and never quite gets solidly on track. DiCaprio's performance as Gatsby is wonderful at times yet often seems lost and confused, Robert Redford's performance is far superior; in fact, the 70's film is far superior. Tobey Maguire is hard to watch, he is miscast. The movies finale falls flat, it lacks sufficient drama to make you really care that Gatsby meets his demise. But by this time, the only thing I could think of is... How much longer before this mess is over with. Skip it.
Written September 25, 2016
I re-read the book before I went to see it last night and noticed that much of the dialogue was taken directly from the book word by word, as well as many scenes. I think the actors fit perfectly with the characters and the costumes were amazing! The only reason I didn't like the movie was because it was 3D(stupid idea) and having Jay-Z's music playing in a 1920's themed movie? Definitely not a good idea. I recommend watching it, just not paying $15 to see it in 3D.
Written April 28, 2017
Overall, I enjoyed the show. The party scenes assaulted the senses and were, in my opinion, a little over the top. I am still thinking about it , tryng to get a better understanding. Leonardo DiCaprio was, as usual, awesome. It made me want to read the book so I could get a better back story on the characters.
Written June 24, 2017
The movie did make me understand the story better than the original film. I did have empathy for Gatsby, but found the over indulgence of the rich sickening. I thought Daisy was beautiful, but pathetic. Toby was great as the narrator and cousin. The acting was superb. I think Leonardo is good looking and a great actor, but I still like Robert Redford as Gatsby.
Written September 27, 2016
This Movie with Leo and Toby McGuire et al., was amazingly good to watch in every way!!! The acting superb! And I disagree with all the so-called professional movie critics! They are so wrong do not believe them on television or any negative written thing on this movie! The story told is so moving and I get the book moreso after seeing this movie! I was so moved by J Gatsby's motive to regain Daisy back what a beautiful love story the director depicted into this movie by all the characters who Leo in my opinion is above any Oscar to be awarded.. his talent in every movie he does is "GREAT"!!!!! GO GO GO see this in 3D too, it's the only way to see it!