The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby an adaptation of the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It follows aspiring writer Nick Carraway a Midwesterner who goes to New York in the spring of 1922 to Great Gatsbyfollow the American Dream. The 1920’s is an era of glittering jazz, loose morals and a roaring stock market.

He lands next door to Jay Gatsby, a mysterious, aloof and party-loving millionaire. He is fascinated by the elaborate parties held at his neighbor’s estate. Across the bay are his cousin Daisy and her philandering husband, aristocrat Tom Buchanan.

Great Gatsby 1Nick Carraway writes a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. Inspired by the debauchery on display at Gatsby’s wild parties and the lives of the wealthy elite, Carraway begins putting pen to paper as it gradually becomes clear that his cousin and the millionaire share a complicated romantic past that remains unresolved.Great Gatsby 3

The movie is technically good but it is bogged down by unnecessary glitz. There is too much glitz that it is too artificial and not very believable. Like the other movies made by the director, there is too much spectacle and sensory overload. Everything seems to be in place, good cinematography and the performances are great but there is too much style and glitz that it looks very artificial that the movie somehow fails to connect.

Great Gatsby 4The Great Gatsby starring Robert Redford made in the 70’s is more natural and believable compared to this movie directed by Baz Luhrmann.

It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, and Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan and Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson.

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30 Responses to The Great Gatsby

  1. NY Gal says:

    I adore the production design of this movie with the vibrant customs, really neat and nice.

  2. get smart says:

    Though this is supposed to be a product rating and not a movie review, I wanted to comment on Matthew’s review titled “Old Sport.” as a separate review because commenting on his post would merit less views, and I don’t like misconceptions.So yeah, rap probably wasn’t the music Fitzgerald had in mind for Jay Gatsby’s parties, but that doesn’t mean that kids in school studying the novel this movie is based on won’t find this movie helpful. In fact, it might be more helpful than any movie adaptation made before it, for this reason: it is largely contemporary. I think it sticks to the story quite well. It is only told differently – that is, it doesn’t attempt to stiffly adhere to some notion of antiquity. It tells the story in a way people today, and probably especially those the adolescent age of students studying the book in school, will understand. Maybe jazz in the 20’s evoked a feeling different from what it evokes now. And so the soundtrack used in the film expresses what the novel means (while still playing along with the Jazz Age theme, entertainingly) – lavish, badass partying, scandalous forbidden love, intense hope, for example – and isn’t that what’s important?I think watching this movie will enhance the understanding of anyone who reads the novel.Otherwise, whether you are studying the novel, reading it for pleasure, or not reading it at all, this is a great movie worth watching. Superb acting, gorgeous costumes for each body that appears, music that makes an impact, and brilliant retelling of a timeless story.Gorgeous.

  3. Martha R says:

    Great production design, it is very stylish not to mention it has also great story.

  4. maribeth says:

    Very stylish movie, every detail is great.

  5. The Scene Magazine gave the movie a “B-” rating, but praised the actors’ performances, in particular saying that “the stand-out actor is Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan doing an excellent job of showing the character’s gruffness, despite the one-dimensionality given to him”.

  6. Patty M says:

    I love this movie, it has a lot of style, very good production design and cinematography.

  7. Carmelo Mack says:

    When I first heard another attempt at a Gatsby movie was being made, my first reaction was ” YAWN”. In all honesty, it’s a boring book. I know the stuffy literary types will disagree and think me a comic book reading moron, to which I say thank you and good day, sir. Maguire is almost always the same guy in every movie…a little mundane and very unspectacular..maybe that’s why he was a good Peter Parker. You can even tell the trailer for this film is trying hard to make it look exciting. In the end it’s a boring movie from a boring book…sorry Professor.

  8. ed says:

    Gatsby is very stylish and production design is amazing unfortunately the movie got lost behind the production design and style. Just saying.

  9. ‘From my point of view obviously I’m looking through the eyes of Nick and going through the book as Nick and in relationship to Gatsby in particular and the way that we made the movie and the way the book is written he’s looking back over his experiences.

  10. Luke says:

    Tobey Maguire & Leonardo DiCaprio acting was great. The rap music on the parties in a film that is based in the early 1920’s is not appropriate.

  11. clara b says:

    Filled with unlikable characters and far too much style over substance.

  12. Andy Pam says:

    Very bad decisions were made in this movie in order to try to tie in the modern times with old American classics. I don’t think it was ever a good idea to use rap songs instead of jazz songs in a 1920s movie.

  13. alan of LA says:

    I like the movie a lot, the production design is really very stylish and the colors are so vivid it is a feast in the eyes.

  14. martha of ny says:

    Loaded with spectacular visual style, the shallow script and character development make it a dull experience that doesn’t live up to its ambitions.

  15. Evangeline says:

    I loved the book when i read it sophomore year in high school, and i hate reading. But this book was extremely enjoyable and so was this movie. The acting was perfect and it followed the book very well.

  16. Yolanda b says:

    While a very close and faithful adaption of the novel, The Great Gatsby seems unsure whether to be conventional or more unique in its take, and it is because of this indecision that I felt it never quite reached the levels of greatness it could have. It remains a very well done film adaption, but only a mediocre Lurhmann film.

  17. clayton says:

    Bad remake; they should stop re-making movies if they cannot make it better than the original. Just a caricature of the characters the settings and the excesses. Camera shots are so bad , one cannot even enjoy the luxurious environment and costumes of those years. Reminded me of Chicago the musical film but without the genius nor the talent, nor the script of a real musical. The 1974 film is a much better sample of those years.

  18. mary says:

    The Visuals are as you may expect from this director dazzling and glamorous especially depicting the time period, Although it’s the pure resonance and tones that makes the setting of 1920s New York’s hey-day stand out. I may have found some musical numbers to be uneven but most of them work for concentrated scenes and atmospheric tones throughout the film.

  19. dana says:

    It’s worth checking out if just for the visuals alone. However, Leo’s use of “old sport” started grating on my nerves after the first 20 times he said it. Still, I’d attend one of those parties.

  20. Claire says:

    A nice Modern touch on such a classic tale. Baz Luhrmann does a great job of capturing the roaring 20’s with a modern twist in terms of soundtrack. DiCaprio is a great Gatsby – excuse the pun. Redford’s version still has the edge though.

  21. austin says:

    I have not read the Great Gatsby. I have however managed to watch the 1974 version with Robert Redford. I judge the film therefore as a film. Gatsby and his world were larger than life, I like the Robert Redford movie better.

  22. June says:

    A good performance from Leo DiCaprio But I think if someone else sat in the directors chair it could’ve turned out better, too much glitz and style, too overpowering.

  23. Jan S says:

    Visual poetry, moving picture, what have you. I loved it all. I don’t get the hate specially from the critics. The movie is great. The cinematography and customs are wonderful everybody should go and see the movie.

  24. Nancy W. says:

    Critics and audience are so divided. The director made questionable choices from style to music, but for mostly all worked and didn’t find that his got in the way of the story.

  25. Robert says:

    I have not read the book by Fitzgerald but I found the storyline appealing and well crafted, and the directing very original. Di Caprio is at his best. I highly recommend it!!

  26. MS says:

    Visually stunning and very stylish. The actors are brilliant and the story is one of love, loss and some serious partying.

  27. Sally S says:

    A decent adaptation of the novel. Some of the weirder dancing and rap music in inappropriate but the individual performances were excellent. I am not the biggest fan of the miserable story itself though.

  28. AC of Sta. Clara says:

    Flashy, over the top visuals, an equally extravagant contemporary soundtrack and a great cast left me enjoying this immensely. I have not read the novel however I’m glad this film introduced me to Fitzgerald’s timeless story.

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