Written January 28, 2015
Don't expect a strictly adhered to 'period piece', though the Art Deco era was *very* well done. Expect a highly stylized visual spectacle, a hip-hop soundtrack, which I enjoyed, and some great storytelling and acting. The writing kept me engaged, as did the actors. I couldn't stop 'studying' Leo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. The costuming was exquisitely done - everyone looked like a fashion mode. Just go see it - you won't be disappointed.
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 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 12, 2013
The actors worked really hard to portray the Aristocratic lifestyle back in the 1920s. Leo and Tobey did a nice job with their acting performances, but what really killed the movie was the poor music selection. Who came up with the stupid idea to incorporate Jay Z hip hop music? The music took away the movie's identity.
Please don't me wrong, I love hip hop, but it wasn't needed for the movie.
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.