The Great Gatsby (2013)

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Directed By Baz Luhrmann Baz Luhrmann Starring Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Isla Fisher Isla Fisher  •  Carey Mulligan Carey Mulligan  •  Joel Edgerton Joel Edgerton  •  Tobey Maguire Tobey Maguire Genres Based-on-20th-Century-Literature  •  Costume Romance  •  Drama  •  Period Film  •  Romance  •  Romantic Drama Studios &
Academy Award Nominated  •  Village Roadshow Pictures  •  Academy Award for Best Production Design Nominated  •  Academy Award for Best Production Design Winning  •  AACTA Award for Best Film Nominated  •  AACTA Award for Best Film Winning  •  Flickchart Road Trip  •  86th Academy Awards Nominated  •  Indiewire's 100 Best Movies of the 2010s
Release Info 2013-05-09T00:00:00Z May 9, 2013
Color  •  143 minutes PG13 Rated PG13
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AaronJCW on 5/27/2013 Reply  · 

To be honest, I love the book very much and knew before i entered the cinema that i wouldn't like what Baz Luhrman had done to this triumph of literature. HOWEVER, I did try to watch it without this bias. Anyway, i didn't enjoy it. ;) Right from the start, the ridiculous swooping camera movements and CGI surroundings meant I couldn't slip into the story, I just kept praying that Lurhman wouldn't keep this up throughout. His decision to use modern music alongside '20s stuff is again, ridiculous. To have Gatsby's revellers dancing along to pounding dance beats is just silly and a grave miscalculation. This is a tiresome movie, its visuals not exciting but irritating. It's not hyperreal because there's no reality at all here, look at the car scene between Gatsby and Nick particularly. The tone of the film is also very very wrong. Whereas Fitzgerald's great novel has Gatsby as a man whose failure is in expecting too much of the careless rich, an outsider like Nick, this film places him as one of them, just another wealthy fool who thinks money will buy happiness. Lurhman seems unsure whether we are the outsider with our narrator Nick, observing, or taking part in the hedonism and alcohol. For this reason, I didn't particularly like Gatsby; he doesn't inspire the adoration and respect he does in the novel. And this is the greatest fault of the film. There is no tragedy in any scene, no real emotion to be had, it is lost in the flash and empty spectacle that is all i really remember of this film. It is a shame that Lurhman took the movie this way, because DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire are truly excellent in their roles, even if the script didn't allow them to entirely true to their characters. I feel Scorsese or Coppola would do an excellent adaptation of this story, and I hope one day to see it, because this shallow and sadly predictable version left me very dissatisfied indeed. 'And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past'.

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Caesar on 5/30/2013 Reply  · 

Like AaronJCW, I found The Great Gatsby to be rather shallow and forgettable. The movie's anachronisms didn't really bother me, but its unrelentingly bombastic tone strips away whatever soul the movie may have otherwise had.

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TheMovieJunkie on 8/8/2014 Reply  · 

Monkeys have no taste or sophistication.

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Kersey475 on 4/23/2014 Reply  · 

I love this movie. The sweeping camerawork captures the party atmosphere and puts you in Carraway's fanboy state of mind, being swept up in Gatsby's charm (btw, Leo NAILS the role of Gatsby). Also, I like the use of hip-hop as the roaring 20s were all about excess and the hip-hop scene is also about excess as well. It is a great adaptation for its generation

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TheMovieJunkie on 8/8/2014 Reply  · 

I love this movie. Very sophisticated, elegant, charming, and inspirational.

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