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 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 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 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)