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 May 21, 2013
Movie is stunning. Leonardo DiCaprio is a very!! good actor, and looks amazing in this role while the rest of the film crew is holing to the promise of the rocking 20s. I read the book a few times, and I was very moved by this adaptation into modern life.
Written January 30, 2015
Lots of noise... drama... if you love someone giving a narrative that is very long and boring you are going to love it! And I am a huge DiCaprio fan.. however this movie was a complete waste of my time. However I did get a little nap in there.
Written July 31, 2015
This movie was absolutely a must see movie. The music, the filming, the acting was perfect. Dont listen to any bad reviews, this movie was fantastic. Wonderful job Baz Luhrmann!!!!!!
Written May 04, 2015
I just really enjoy the "Baz Style" which is bold and theatrical, and this movie continues that theme that was made famous with Moulin Rouge. However, this story is more somber so there is less opportunity for his flourish. Regardless the movie captures the essence of the book with the extremes of wealthy detached excess and desperate plight of the poor. Not my favorite Baz movie but definitely only worth seeing on a big screen with the sound way up.