Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D ‘Great Gatsby’ maintains an odd emotional distance when it should be immersive.
Gatsby was an amazingly beautiful movie but not for everyone as the dialogue is very very quick, and the ambiance of the sets were so over the top it was hard to focus on any one thing. The sets, costumes and hairstyles were fantastic! I am a huge sucker for the period pieces of the early 20′s and the way this movie presents itself is nothing short of historical accuracy. The biggest issue I had was the music, extremely fast dialogue and a bit of the acting from Carey Mulligan. The acting by DiCaprio, Edgerton and Maguire was very nicely executed. Yes, there were a few 1920′s songs, but there was also music from today. Altogether it fell flat. Check out my full review at SundayDumbDay.
How different everyone is. I saw the original with Redford and Farrow and I thought this one was by far superior. I've seen Leonardo DeCaprio in other movies, but I fell in love with his character in this one. Daisy stayed with the man she deserved.
As a peruse both professional and audience reviews I am struck by the contrast between those who have read the book and seen the original film, and those who have not. Friends and fellow Language Arts teachers asked me what I thought of the new film. I responded, "It is worth the price of the ticket, but does not compare to the original. You just can't top Redford, Farrow, Dern and Waterson, even with amazing, lavish sets and beautiful cinematography.
I had not read the novel; only the reviews by A. Hornaday and the NY Times. Yes, the movie is an extravaganza in the first half, but a personal tragedy in the second half. I cared about the fall of the hero, unlike what Hornaday wrote, because of the information we were given about his story from the point of view of someone in the promised land -- a family of old money -- who also cared about him. Also the narrative explaining the extravaganza of the first half reminded of America in the 60s -70s as well as the E-commerce bubble in the late 90s. There is also a Greek tragic arc of hubris to the story of someone trying to live the rags to riches American dream and defy the established order. Worth seeing.
This is the WORST movie version of the F.Scott Fitzgerald novel ever made, really was horrendous .. the critics are getting paid off for sure on this one .. don't waste your money or time!!
I urge everyone to take the time to read a really good review of Gatsby that appeared in the NY Times. Their critic has a better understanding of the movie than Ann Hornaday. http://movies.nytimes.com/2013/05/10/movies/the-great-gatsby-interpreted-by-baz-luhrmann.html?ref=arts&pagewanted=1