Written August 25, 2016
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 August 29, 2016
I get trying to capture the look and feel of the roaring 20's ...however, too much is too much. Some of it was pretty to look at, while most of it was distracting and took away from the story rather than illuminating it.
DiCaprio was a good old sport, but how does McGuire keep getting these roles?
Written July 26, 2016
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 June 29, 2016
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.
Written August 27, 2016
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.