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 March 03, 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 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 September 02, 2014
Full disclosure: I love Baz Luhrmann and his films fill me with joy. If he's not your cup of tea, then Gatsby won't be either. But if you just relax and let his lyrical, visually rich vision flood over you, you will be pleased.
Leo D. does an excellent job being Baz's Gatsby. I finally understood why Nick says of him at the intro that he was the most hopeful man he had ever met.
I read the novel and I've seen the Robert Redford version and I really didn't "get" either of those. This one, I understand. But beyond that, it is just magical and mesmerizing. But only if you let it flow.
Written March 04, 2015
Slick blend of the novel with modern color, action, music and twenties flare of that era. Never boring. This long film moves right along with an interesting plot that keeps your attention.