Written July 30, 2016
This movie was a great depiction of Fitzgerald's amazing story - a heartbreaking story of the tragic results of people chasing happiness without any regard to their personal integrity.
The visual palette of the movie is dazzling, from the costuming to the stunning mansions and glorious automobiles of Gatsby and Tom. These scenes of wealth and excess are contrasted by Nick's sensible cottage and the dreariness of the outskirts of New York City, where the bespectacled eyes of God see everything. The soundtrack is a curious mix of music from the '20's to modern rock and hip-hop. The modern music brings to life the atmosphere of excess lived by the sensate partygoers.
The reason I recommend this movie is that it made me consider how I make choices in life. Wrong choices can be enthrallingly addictive and seem seductively good in the moment. Living in honesty and integrity may be more mundane and arduous, but ultimately authentic and satisfying.
Written August 27, 2016
I was expecting to hate this movie since I walked out on "Moulin Rouge" which had to be the worst movie since "Ishtar". This was the best adaptation of the Great Gatsby story brought to the big screen. The music was a bit weird and the party scenes full of anachronisms, but all in all a decent movie. There were actually a few decent literary moments in the film and overall a good time.
Written August 28, 2016
A wonderful film, 10/10. Breathetaking extravaganza. Slow to start, but picks up speed as the story unfolds and truly captures the era that it takes place in but with plenty of directorial and musical liberties.
What a amazing life these people lived. A fleeting glimpse into their lives, loves and relationships.
Great story telling and a serioous attempt to be as faithful as possible to Fitzgerald's novel.
Stunning visuals, bright colors and superb images and symbols.
I loved it. Not to be missed!
Written September 30, 2016
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!
Written March 31, 2015
After seeng the Great Gatsby, I want to marry Leonardo. Make no mistake people, that was a very difficult character to pull off and I had some reservations about how he was going to do it--especially since Robert Redford nailed it the first time.
If you're an, "Old Sport," who still believes in chilvary, then it is a "must see." Visually stunning, A list acting--a little hiccups with random interjections of Jay Z's rap lyrics, but if you can get pass those few minor distrations, it was a very good movie.
I can't wait to see it again on DVD. I will be first in line at Best Buy. I will say, though, I tried to watch the older version right after seeing the new one, and found it to be visually flat and a little dry. What a shame! I used to love that old 1974 flick starring the sultry and sexy, Mia Farrow.
Go see it! Now! Right Now! Didn't I say, NOW? You'll be glad you did!!