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 January 31, 2015
I remember reading the book in high school, so I knew what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. The acting was superb, the cinematography was AMAZING, and the influence of current music against a 20s backdrop was a great mash-up. I would encourage anyone to check this movie out. The 3D made it even better!
Written March 04, 2015
I liked the movie. It had energy. I liked the movie much better than the earlier version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. I thought the music was good and the 3D special effects were awsome. I go to see the movie again.
Written March 31, 2015
After seeng the Great Gatsby, I want to marry Leonardo. Make no mistake people, that was a very difficult character to pull off and I had some reservations about how he was going to do it--especially since Robert Redford nailed it the first time.
If you're an, "Old Sport," who still believes in chilvary, then it is a "must see." Visually stunning, A list acting--a little hiccups with random interjections of Jay Z's rap lyrics, but if you can get pass those few minor distrations, it was a very good movie.
I can't wait to see it again on DVD. I will be first in line at Best Buy. I will say, though, I tried to watch the older version right after seeing the new one, and found it to be visually flat and a little dry. What a shame! I used to love that old 1974 flick starring the sultry and sexy, Mia Farrow.
Go see it! Now! Right Now! Didn't I say, NOW? You'll be glad you did!!