Written August 30, 2016
Don't expect a strictly adhered to 'period piece', though the Art Deco era was *very* well done. Expect a highly stylized visual spectacle, a hip-hop soundtrack, which I enjoyed, and some great storytelling and acting. The writing kept me engaged, as did the actors. I couldn't stop 'studying' Leo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. The costuming was exquisitely done - everyone looked like a fashion mode. Just go see it - you won't be disappointed.
Written September 25, 2016
We spent a wonderful afternoon watching this movie in 3D and I felt it was worth every penny. It is beautiful to behold and well acted. The script, acting and direction fully captures the rich nuances of the original characters and of Gatsby's own inner turmoil. I liked every bit of it and felt compelled to write this review since the critics are being absolutely brutal in their reviews. From what I can see on Rotten Tomatoes and other sites, this is one of those films where the viewers and the critics are on opposite extremes. I think its great!
Written May 12, 2013
I remember the 1974 version of "The Great Gatsby" with Robert Redford & Mia Farrow as being boring. This "Gatsby' is not boring. Baz Luhrman does a great job of bringing the Roaring 20's alive. The excess is there in vibrant color and 3-D that, in my opinion, is put to very, very good use. His direction, in a word, is excellent!
Leonardo DiCaprio is a perfect Jay Gatsby. He has the look, the style, and the vulnerability. Tobey Maguire has never been better. He only adds to the feel of the time and, as the narrator in the character of Nick Carraway, definitely draws the viewer into the film.
If nothing else, the film should get an Oscar nomination for Costume Design. They were perfect.
The movie is slow, but the story is slow. However, in this "Gatsby", slow is not boring.
Written May 12, 2013
This movie is a must see, especially if you have read the book earlier! While the story during the beginning was a tad bit slow, after the movie really settles in, the plot takes over and turns the movie into a wonderland. The scenes and costumes were beautifully constructed, props to Brooks Brothers for the clothes!
Written May 26, 2013
I thought this film was way over the top in glitz and glamor, and lost its soul in the process. Acting was excellent, but I was hoping that the editor would cut about a half hour off of the film. i would not recommend this film. Too much gore and very very loud to the point where I had to cover my ears.