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 October 05, 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 06, 2015
Leo was excellent as usual. Seeing Baz's name I expected grandeur on the scale of Romeo & Juliet & Moulin Rouge....but didn't get that. I did enjoy the modern music set to the movie. The euphoria didn't last. Also this WAY 2 long for the content. Carey always plays a character that I just want to dropkick in the face and this was no different.
Written October 10, 2015
The movie has some great effects, the homes, the slums and scenry most of which was computer generated is amazing. The costumes in the party scenes and on the main female characters are wonderful. But it is over long and over loud. About half way through the movie I was feeling that I could have read the whole book in the tiime they were taking--and have had a much more pleasurable experience. Granted this may be a hard book to make into a movie but this one certainly missed the mark.
I would watch it but wait if you are watching at home you can either fast forward or go for more snacks when you get bored--which you will.
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.