Written May 11, 2013
I've been waiting for this movie for a while, was pumped to go and see it in 3D and I did....I came out feeling disappointed.
The visuals of the movie are fabulous, without a doubt. The music is amazing.
Everything else....not so much!!
Le DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby was...alright. He tried & sometimes succeeded in injecting a little life into his character. Mr Maguire proved Spidey looks constipated when he tries to act. Edgerton managed to be deliciously evil. With the exception of Elizabeth Dibicki as Jordan, everyone was...trying too hard. Carey Mulligan made me feel uncomfortable.
The one and only positive thing about the cast of this movie was Mr Amitabh Bachchan himself as Meyer Wolfsheim. his brief performance is one that cannot be forgotten. He brings the dual nature of Wolfsheim, familiar to the readers, to the screen. He jumps from being a "happy go lucky" looking to this sinister man in the blink of an eye- the ability portray emotions simply through the eyes!
Written May 13, 2013
I had heard a lot of detractors saying that the Director had overplayed his hand with the glitz and the glam of this movie. I don't agree, I think it was very fitting.
The actors were great and brought out what was the essential elements of each charactor. Leo and Toby were at the top of their games. Honestly, Carey Mulligan as Daisy was very impressive. She managed to drain every shred of personality out of herself and capture the vapid nature of Daisy to a tee. She was easy to loathe in the role, and that is not easy to do when one is as dynamic as Mulligan is in real life. Her husband, Tom (played by Joel Edgerton), was comfortable in his own slimy skin and made the cast gel. Break out award has to go to Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan, the pro-golfer female wingman to both Daisy and Nick Carraway. She ozzed elegance and haughtiness that was the bitter in every mix of the movie.
Because there is a 3D release, there were times that frames LOOKED like they should be 3D (boo)
Written May 10, 2013
In response to the last review I read…it didn’t have to be silly to be both modern and old fashioned…It lacked sophistication, like much of this director’s work. I should have lowered my expectations! It pokes too much fun at what deserved to be epic….So disappointing! Good soundtrack though!
Written July 25, 2014
I absolutely loved Gatsby, the man and the movie. It felt comical in the beginning but earlier than halfway I was already engaged and melted into their beautiful world.
Written May 19, 2013
I enjoyed the film. The acting was fine- and it was rather amazing that the American setting was actually filmed in Australia. The modern music didn't take away from the 1920s atmosphere. Gatsby is certainly one of the great American novels and this film does it credit.