Written May 12, 2013
First great movie - couple slow points.
Huge noisy crowd so missed the "compliment" Toby had for DeCaprio toward very end of movie - just before the swimming pool scene.
Anybody hear it - can quote if for me. Hate to rewatch 2hr20min movie for 10 second clip!!!
Written July 25, 2014
Such a long drawn out movie...not really much glitz or excitement as the preview has shown..just sloooow talking making it go on way too long. Did not like the 'now' music put in the movie...just added to the fakeness of the era. I did enjoy looking at the beautiful homes and decor though... the packed theatre I was in seemed let down, too, as we left. Only one person started clapping...everyone else laughed at them and they stopped. Wish I didn't waste my money and time. Such a letdown.
Written December 26, 2014
Short of it: It's an American tortured love story brought to life with modern touches that do their best to warp the cultural differences between then and now. A soundtrack of modern songs redone in the era speak the loudest to these touches. The acting is up to the level of any film featuring DiCaprio and the supporting cast do their parts well. Carey Mulligan stands out with her reletively small acclaim previously (Drive). Some small changes and omissions from the novel will irk some literaries who wished they'd stayed tried and true to F. Scott Fitgerald's original. Given that, it's Hollywood. At 2 hours and 22 minutes it might be a bit long as the point of the plot is made early on and seems to ramble at moments towards the climax.
All in all - I'd say go if you're a fan of the era, Leonardo DiCaprio, F. S. Fitzgerald, or torturous love stories of the like... Even if you haven't read the book , you may still feel like you're one step ahead of the plot development.
Written November 25, 2014
Having read the novel and seen the 1974 film, I know the story quite well about the one great Gatsby and all of his bravado, shortcomings, and his unreeling hope to love once again the girl he lost. Baz Luhrmann achieves a stunning adaptation visually and artistically. I did not see the 3D version but I can tell if a person wishes to see it in that version, then do so.Production design, cinematography, and especially the costume design capture the Jazz Age perfectly. The use of modern music bits is fine and works well but such great jazz music of the age could have been used more often as well. The performance by DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby was well done though a bit overstated. Carey Mulligan portrayed Daisy Buchanan quite well while Joel Edgerton was more exaggerated in his of portrayal of Tom. Lastly, Tobey Maguire was most splendid as Nick though the insight at the beginning reveals more in depth about him. Overall, an exceptional remake of a classic American novel.
Written June 04, 2013
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.