Written February 01, 2015
The Great Gatsby 2013 film version is more concerned with the outer trappings of Gatsby's life, showing his lavish parties in glamorous, colorful 3D, than his inner life. That the film is a tragedy seems to have escaped the producers of the new version. Nevertheless, di Caprio never disappoints, but Mulligan portrays Daisy as smarter than she was in the book. The sound track is desirable, long after the flicker stops.
Written December 29, 2014
I was thoroughly impressed by this. It was true to the previews. If you don't like the high energy and visuals of the previews, don't go. This movie made me a fan of DiCaprio and I've never been thrilled by his other work. The acting was superb. The visuals were stunning. I didn't remember the book, as I read it 25+ years ago and glad i didn't. It was like a surprise then.
My only complaint is the #D effects could have been better utilized. I never had a feeling something was coming right at me- rather some elements were just more in the foreground than others. Also, some of the rap music was overdone. Beyonce's song was way out of place. BUT I get what they were trying to do. I would have fallen asleep if I actually sat through 20s jazz.
Ignore the critics. This is a rich, lavish, beautiful entertaining escape of a movie. If I wanted a period piece (with no deviation) I would watch the History Channel.
Written February 28, 2015
Wonderful cinephotography! Beautiful costumes and setting. In 3-D it comes to life. Great acting and the director added his own touches with the modern music and angular scenes. Worth seeing!
Written January 27, 2015
This was a LOT more fun than I expected. Leo is just the right age to play Gatsby (though Tobey Maguire seemed a little old for Nick). The real treat is Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan. What a performance. 3D isn't worth the extra money, but this is a really good telling of the tale.
Written March 01, 2015
this movie is something i can't describe-- yes it's because the story is just SO good but the movie as well is just really excellent. I have never read the great gatsby before so I didn't know what to expect. however, i had NO clue that the story of this book was as good as it is.
This is just a really DEEP and heartbreaking full of twists turns and situations story that really appeals to everyone's sense of dreaming and hopes and expectations in life. The movie was really great and depicted the 20's very well, the costumes, set and other aspects of it- minus the jay-z and beyonce music add-ins however, those weren't the worst but seemed a bit tacky. This is the kind of movie that once you're done with it, it leaves you contemplating the story, the depth and of course gatsby's life and the tragedy that came after. You definitely feel for gatsby and dicaprio did a really good job with the role and tobey maguire an even better job as nick. GREAT movie..must see!!