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BY adamatdramatrain superstar
Worthy more than worthwhile, interesting more than entertaining and dazzling rather than dramatic. Still, good to see Leo stretching his acting chops. With this and his role in Tarantino's 'Django', he's delving into some more complex and not altogether heroic characters. Here's looking forward to 'The Wolf... More of Wall Street.' As for Baz Luhrmann's direction? Thankfully, he's leaning here a lot more towards 'Moulin Rouge' abd 'Romeo + Juliet' than the horrible 'Australia.'
'Gatsby' may not be great - but hats off to Baz for trying and producing this dazzling spectacle that never fails to engage. Looks good in 3D too.Hide
BY Aidan1 superstar
This was a fantastic movie and great production design and the amazing colours in the film were amazing. Tobey Maguire acting was brilliant he deserves to be nominated for an Oscar and the rest of the cast were awesome as well Leo Di Caprio has always been fantastic since Titanic. 5 stars
BY Mark-Roulston superstar
Luhrmann's unique vision of Gatsby that gets off to such a rocky start that it's tempting to... More write the film off. This is the film we saw in the trailers, where it feels like the director is retreating back to the past success of Moulin Rouge, tragically taking a treasured classic with him. Snatches of story are doled out amidst the chaos of the decadent backdrop, an attempt to disorient us alongside Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) that just doesn't succeed. However just as it reaches insufferable limits, Luhrmann reigns in his most self-indulgent whims and lets F. Scott Fitzgerald take over.
Having a top-notch cast inhabit these iconic roles really brings out the power of the story, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Joel Edgerton in particular shine through Luhrmann's bluster when he lets them, as he thankfully does for the second half of Gatsby. DiCaprio expertly juggles both sides of Jay Gatsby, transforming his enigmatic traits into insecurity and warped ambition, and Edgerton captures the brash entitlement of the vile Tom Buchanan wonderfully.
Luhrmann has never been known for his restraint, yet beyond the difficult opening act he manages to engage through story not style, even saving a stinging indictment of modern excess that hovers just out of reach right until the closing moments. Like the titular character himself, there's much more to Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby below the surface.Hide
BY Weds_Loafers superstar
I have never read the novel (nor do I want to) and haven't seen the 1974 movie version of this story, but it certainly had its strange side. The movie was contrived on the basis that the narrator was in psychiatric care and had been encouraged to write his... More story about Gatsby down as some sort of therapy. As he seemed to be the only sane one throughout, it's hard to imagine how he had a breakdown as a result. The characters are not the sort of people you can sympathise with and we didn't think too highly of the casting. Not much to say about the plot as I gather it sticks reasonably closely to the novel -- apart from the breakdown of the narrator referred to above.
There were only 4 of us present - 2 stars from the lads, 3 from Bernadette who has actually read the novel and seen the 1974 version. Verdict - to be avoided.Hide
BY KeefScorsese superstar
DiCaprio gives it his all as the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a man whose financial gains are merely a product of the time. Gatsby's unbreakable hope to... More become a part of New York's illustrious high society is fuelled by his love for Daisy Buchanan (played ably by Carey Mulligan). This serves as the backbone to the narrative which features many strands of soap opera-esque narrative cliches of secrets, lies and betrayal.
However, in spite of the strong performances of the cast, in particular Joel Edgerton as the brute Tom Buchanan, Daisy's husband, there is a sense of shallowness and disconnection with the characters. Yes, these characters are far from perfect however they are ultimately tragic figures, which prohibits the movie to appease any expectations, providing an exasperated feel rather offering a grand emotional pay off.
Lurhmann and his co-writer Craig Pearce stick close to the source material. However, there's a sense of something missing which is disappointing. Although a visual spectacle and a 21st Century soundtrack which nicely fits in, The Great Gatsby seems to be a missed opportunity.Hide
BY Red superstar
I felt this always threatened to be a lot better. But repetition, some poxy CGI backdrops, and a lack of subtlety means the dots didn't join up for me. But, it's not all bad - Di Caprio is brilliant, and its as stylish and visually energetic as you'd expect from Luhrmann.