Written July 02, 2015
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.
Written May 29, 2013
We enjoyed the way the film reflected the book, even down to some of the text, which is so beautifully written. We saw it in 3D, and that magnified the amazing spectacle. DiCaprio was amazing as Gatsby.
Written July 04, 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 June 03, 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 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!