Written October 10, 2015
The movie has some great effects, the homes, the slums and scenry most of which was computer generated is amazing. The costumes in the party scenes and on the main female characters are wonderful. But it is over long and over loud. About half way through the movie I was feeling that I could have read the whole book in the tiime they were taking--and have had a much more pleasurable experience. Granted this may be a hard book to make into a movie but this one certainly missed the mark.
I would watch it but wait if you are watching at home you can either fast forward or go for more snacks when you get bored--which you will.
Written February 09, 2016
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 04, 2016
It like it. "Gatsby" is like a cliff notes version in Baz Luhrumann technicolor. Being a Fitzgerald fan since high school, I will say it is not the book. When Jay Z drops his beats in, WFT. Then you just hold on for the ride.
Written May 02, 2016
Baz Luhrmann's approach to this tale was honest. He definitely stayed faithful to the main points of the story and his vision was grand and gorgeous and the entire package was captivating. The actors were great; DiCaprio, Mulligan, Maguire and Edgerton brought the right qualifications to their characters and the screenplay did the novel enough justice to make the film believable. Visually, the film is stronger than than its plot and though the movie is strong enough to hold the moviegoers interest but there isn't enough "wow" factor to make this movie a "must go."
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.