Written August 01, 2015
The book is a classic and one of my favorites. The visuals are amazing. It's one of the best movies I've ever seen in this department. It is borderline stunning. The first 30 minutes or so of the movie I was concerned because there wasn't much emphasis on the dialogue from the source material. It definitely improved in the second half. I thought they did a fine job of relaying the central themes of the film. Especially the symbol of the green light, Dr. Eckleberg, and the upper class' general attitude. It reminds of Buhrrman's Romeo and Juliet in many ways but it is much closer to the source than R and J was. Bottom line: It's not amazing or something you have to see but if you enjoyed the book, you should go. It's enjoyable. There are some fine performances and amazing visuals though the book is much better.
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 February 10, 2016
However, let's just be honest, if you didn't absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Moulin Rouge, then this adaptation of Gatsby won't be for you. The party scenes are exactly what we all picture in our minds while reading the book, amazingly over the top... the music, the costumes, the entire production is sensory overload at it's best. The cast was perfect; if you have read the book many times and are in love with it, then really you will realize that they couldn't have done a better job casting this film. Tobey Maguire is great as Nick.. Carrie Mulligan is spot on as Daisy... but best of all though is Leo... there is no one else today who could play Gatsby. I'm already planning on seeing it a few more times; the movie reminded me why I fell in love with the book so many years ago... if you love the book, and you love the way in which Baz Lurhmann can create such a magical event on screen, then you will enjoy this movie.
Written May 06, 2016
Whoever edited this film must have been on cocaine or something, every frame lasts about 2-3 seconds, and constantly things are trying to grab your attention. It strays you from the story far too much, losing you in a haze of fast and vivid images.
In short: it could have been better, it did have great potential. All the players were there and they followed the book very well (if you're worried about that, don't). But i feel like they modernized it too much, making the movie feel hyperactive and almost disorienting.