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About the Movie
The uniquely imaginative Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!, Australia) tackles F. Scott Fitzgerald's landmark novel, The Great Gatsby, with blockbuster star Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. Spider-Man's Tobey Maguire stars as the Fitzgerald-like would-be writer Nick Carraway who arrives in New York in 1922, an era of loose morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick encounters the mysterious millionaire Gatsby and his bewitching cousin Daisy. Soon, Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. Bearing witness to this new world, Nick pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and unforgettable tragedy -- mirroring our own times and struggles.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 264
- Fresh: 127
- Rotten: 137
- Average Rating: 5.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: There are no two ways about it: The Great Gatsby is misconceived and misjudged, a crude burlesque on what's probably American literature's most precious jewel.
Rotten: It's stupefying, it's vulgar, it's demeaning-it's dull and there's nothing like the dullness that is trying to be a sensation.
Fresh: When you throw in the extravagant sets, costumes and visual effects, it's as if you're watching a moving painting. New York in the 1920s could not look any more beautiful.
Fresh: What's truly telling about this brash, boisterous adaptation is that the director clearly understands the spirit of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel better than most film critics.
A Cinematic Adaption to a Cinematic Novel
I read the Great Gatsby in school just before the movie came out, so whatever faults the movie has, be assured the book is just the same. I thought their similarities were extensive-- the guady parties and sets, the magical guilding of all the pain and shallowness in all the characters through bright objects and glamorous, extravegant parties.
My only two qualms were the music, and the set in the therapist's office. The music, because as much as I am a huge fan of dance music, occasionally the hip hop felt too offbeat with the party (although their spirits are undoubtedly the same in their energeticness). A BIG PLUS, was that absolutely tear jerking "Will You Still Love Me" theme throughout. If you haven't read the lyrics, they're a big punch in the gut and exactly the song that should be between Gatsby and his object of affection-- because really, it's the song they could be singing together but are truly singing apart.
The therapist office set is just weird, or at least, jumping to a face and some words is. The book was implied to be written so as to relieve the narrator's mind of events past, but not necessarily that he was told to write it. I don't need to jump back and break the pace of the movie with the office scenes because I already know it's a flashback from the beginning.
All in all, this was a great movie. It's very cinematic, so don't expect anything typical. I liked the way the ending was shot a lot. I recommend if you have read the book, otherwise I might say "Pass!"
Very little people understand the mind of Gatsby's love for Daisy. Very few go through love that lasts an eternity even if you tried to let them go. Because of this, the people who have not gone through this type of love find the character Gatsby crazy or obsessive. This is now my favorite of all movies, and is very beautiful.
In the beginning of the movie I thought it was gonna be boring because of the build up, but I was so wrong! This movie had moments were I laughed and definitely moments were I cried (excessively!!) The ending was devastating yet beautiful. I haven't felt so many emotions (angry,irritated, hurt, warm, excitement) for one movie since the Titanic. Not only was the movie wonderful but the soundtrack was fantastic as well!
- The Great Gatsby (Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film) [Deluxe Edition]
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- The Great Gatsby (Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film)
- Various Artists