Written October 05, 2015
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 May 13, 2013
There just wansn't a lot of passion or plot that kept you drawn in. It was stunning to see but I did keep wondering when it was going to be over and if there was a twist at the end to make it all worth it.
Written February 13, 2016
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.
Written May 28, 2013
I have seen all the previous film versions of the book and I was disappointed after seeing the trailers on TV. I think Leonardo DeCaprio was miscast. Although he is incredibly handsome, I never felt the character with him. I wasn't thrilled with the music either. The costumes were fabulous as was the art direction. The dialogue was of course fantastic.
Written May 13, 2013
It started off slow but then one must remember that this was set in a time period where excess among the wealthy ruled the day. In many ways the film is a metaphor for today's society with its rampant air of entitlement and reckless abandon, not to mention complete disregard for those less fortunate.
The real saving feature of this film is the cinematograghy and that doesn't usually hold me to the film as it progresses but this one did. If any aspect of this film is nominated for an Academy Award, it will probably be this.
All in all, I would recommend going to see this film but keep your expectations in place for a 7.5 out of 10 work.