Written July 25, 2016
The only aspect of the movie I enjoyed was DiCaprio's depiction of Gatsby. Otherwise, the movie stays true to the story, but it didn't quite meet my expectations or my imagination of the novel. Most people enjoyed the Jay-Z soundtrack used during the party scenes, as they felt it helps the audience relate to those scenarios. I felt it took away from the feel and authenticity of the era the film was portraying.
Written December 01, 2015
Luscious visuals, engaging story line, depth of connection to each scene, each person despite not seeing it in 3D. Music was a bit surprising. Better watching the movie than listening beforehand. Definitely a good ride.
Written January 30, 2015
The acting by Leo DeCaprio and the other members of the cast was superb, believable, engaging. AND, you could understand everything that was said (unlike so many movies lately where the actor's voices are garbled, or whispering, or drowned out by background noise--the people who put this movie together paid close attention to getting the voice levels correct--so you could actually hear and understand every word spoken! The sets and props were delightful, but not overpowering, and supported the story line appropriately.
Very well done and wonderfully entertaining.
Written May 29, 2016
I'd describe Baz Luhrmann's screen adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" as Gatsby kicked up a notch. While Robert Redford's portrayal of Gatsby in the 1974 film version fit more like a comfortable old shirt than Leonardo DiCaprio's, I enjoyed the ambience and energy of this version more.
I thought I'd cringe when the era's soundtrack would yield to the hip-hop music that was roundly criticized in reviews, but I had the opposite reaction to it; I actually thought it was handled quite seamlessly, reflecting the high energy of the sequences.
Most of the casting seemed right, although I found Mia Farrow's Daisy in the earlier version to be more ethereal and haunting than Carey Mulligan's. However, Tobey Maguire was inspired as Gatsby's neighbor/writer Nick, always "within and without," as was Joel Edgerton as Tom. DiCaprio seemed a bit forced whenever he had to utter the critical, ubiquitous phrase "old sport."
I'd recommend this Gatsby to those who enjoyed the book.
Written May 13, 2013
Five of us (ranging in age from 16 to 82) went to see it and we all enjoyed it very much. In fact, we all thought that it was great!!!!!!