Written July 02, 2015
I read the book over fifty years ago in high school but somehow didn't forget the theme and what my teacher Miss Olivia Campbell had to say about it at the time. She said that Fitzgerald wrote about and differentiated the rich from the super rich of his time. In Gatsby he did this intermingled with a unique and intense love story.
I went to the roll out premiere of the film last night and was, like many others, concerned about what the critics had to say about it. What I learned was that the critics write for each other, not for the general public. The production of the film in 3D and the acting were excellent. I enjoyed the film very much. It was not like the literary experience but resembled the Classic Comic Book experience that I also enjoyed in my youth. I say this not to denigrate the film which I loved but to remind us all that the book still remains for those of us who wish to experience Fitzgerald's rich mastery of the themes and language of his time.
Written August 04, 2015
We enjoyed the way the film reflected the book, even down to some of the text, which is so beautifully written. We saw it in 3D, and that magnified the amazing spectacle. DiCaprio was amazing as Gatsby.
Written July 07, 2015
As a huge Fitzgerald fan, I wasn't certain how I was going to react to this film. I can say it was visually stunning and colorful, definitely evoking the Golden era of the carefree early 1920's (specifically 1922). From the glorious parties at Gatsby's to Nick's charming guest house to the flashy Dusenberg cars, it is a sight to behold. A great deal of emphasis is placed in the details (monograms, jewelry, billboards, etc). They follow the story very closely, using dialogue from the book verbatim. Some times it sounds a little flowery and not how people talk, but that's just a sign of the times. They speak that way in the book, so you let it go. I wasn't sure about Leo as Gatsby, but when he finally makes his appearance, he owns the part in a larger than life way. The rest of the supporting cast is great, especially Joel Edgerton (Tom Buchanan). I know it isn't superheroes or alien robots, but it is a beautiful, elegant story of love & jealousy among the rich, definitely worth seeing.
Written August 03, 2015
Having seen the original and read the book, I thought this was a good re-make. Cinematography was awesome. It was a little long and boring in parts as it took a while to get going. Also, certain scenes seemed to drag out but overall it was enjoyable. Leonardo was quite pleasant on the eyes.
Written September 02, 2015
It was such a great movie, thoroughly enjoyable and LDC just keeps getting better and better, Toby McGuire was great and the girls were all sizzling hot! The best 3D movie yet! We highly recommend it!