Written September 18, 2014
Baz Luhrmann is an artist for sure (LOVED Moulin Rouge). DeCaprio is certainly a presence but I was truly intrigued by Joel Edgarton (Tom Buchanan). The Tiffany Jewelry is exquisite. Toby McGuire -always a solid actor. Carey Mulligan had moments. But Elizabeth Debicki is strikingly gorgeous as Jordan Baker. First half: introduction and beautiful sets showing the rich. early second half... meh. Last part really shows Baz Luhrmann's artistry and ability to tell a story. Music: unsettling except for Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". Modern artists voice the music and dancers doing Beyonce's bump, grind and shimmy's have no place in this movie.
Baz Luhrmann is faithful to those who have worked for him in the past. Same dancers in the party scenes in this movie from Moulin Rouge? ... especially the guy who did the ROXANNE which I love! Finally, those under 45 will probably not care for it. I did NOT like the 3D format at all. Overall: I would recommend it for the showiness and original tale.
Written May 13, 2013
Both my DH and I were pleasantly surprised by this movie. With all the release date changes, we had pegged this as a "clunker." Boy, were we pleasantly surprised! The interpretation of Fitzgerald's story is fabulous. You truly feel Gatsby's agony caused by his unrequited love...and Carey Mulligan is exquisite - not just physically, but in her embodiment of Daisy. The actors nailed their parts, and you truly feel as though you can tell what they are thinking and feeling. You "get" the excess (which everyone is talking about)...it could almost be a 7th major character. This particular rendition of "The Great Gatsby" is painfully beautiful...as I believe it was meant to be. I cannot wait to see it again! Definitely a "must-go!"
Written November 20, 2014
Originally we were not going to see it in 3D because I didn't think this type of film would benefit from it, but a friend said the critics said to see it that way. I would pass that advice along. The visuals were stunning. I had just reread the book in anticipation of seeing the movie and the screenwriter did a good job! Leo portrayed Gatsby perfectly.
Written May 13, 2013
I'm a very recent fan of Leo after his amazing performance in Django. Baz, on the other hand, has had me on the line since Moulin Rouge. I was determined to go, and hopeful for favorable outcome.
Wham! This movie knocked my socks off. Visually, it was stunning and for lack of a better work, "scrumptious." The cast, costumes, music score, locations, cinematography were pure perfection and there's no way to fail when you have a classic as the foundation of your dialogue.
Even with the tragic ending, I left the movie feeling full. Mr. Luhrmann fed me well and left me feeling oh so satisfied.
Written December 27, 2014
Beautiful to watch, although a tad cartoonish, filled with glitter and access as the story is told. As usual the underrated Leonardo DiCaprio gave a great performance as did Toby Maquire.
Joel Edgerton was also outstanding as the cheating husband to the lackluster performance of Carey mulligan, who generally I love (Drive).
To be fair, I do not remember much of the earlier version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, but now I am very curious.
Having said all that, it still evoked emotion from me. As I said before it was beautiful to watch.....