Written April 21, 2015
Seen this in 3D and enjoyed the detail that the movie gave with the 20's & 30's look. Beautiful hats and outfits that had my wife giddy in her seat. I loved the cars and the rustic looked it had at times. Good storyline and Leo Dicap didn't disappoint, and wasn't filled with foul language and nudity that allows anybody over 13 yrs old to sit thru. I give it 3 1/2 stars and proves to myself that I will see anything Leo does on film.
Written May 13, 2013
Fine acting directing and production, awesome cinematography period costuming, period cars and sets.
The weak spot for me was the plot. Somewhat thin and certainly a morose, sad ending. I also think the length is a bit long, it could easily been edited down 20 minutes to 2 hours. I would give this film a solid "B" or perhaps "B+", just can't give it an "A" rating.
Written April 19, 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 April 21, 2015
I felt it outdid the REDFORD version, and the excitement ran the show throughout. I was somewhat disappointed in the JORDON BAKER character, particularly how the director missed her golf cheating moment that impacted Nick i the book and all the other versions.
The cars were great evein though I believe they were at least ten years after the 1922 period reprisented. GATSBY was every bit as good or better than REDFORD. I saw it in 3D IMAX which added to the special effects. The party scenes were totally memorable.
Written January 26, 2015
Was anxious to see this movie. Well worth the wait..saw it 3d I went with my 14 year old daughter and 74 year old mother. We all loved it!