Better than I expected but then again I didn't expect much. The style was way too saccharine and flashy for my tastes (but that's Baz Luhrmann for you) and I wasn't into how Gatsby turned into a bitch for the final third. DiCaprio was great and that Jordan Baker was right up my goddamned alley. Beyond that this version of The Great Gatsby was just some empty eye candy.
It would take someone of the stature of "Magnificent Ambersons"-era Orson Welles to understand the colossal, elegiac sadness and regret of the novel, and the sense of betrayal that great, feted men feel when misunderstood and shunned. Instead, Luhrmann largely opts for superficial Roaring 20s, colour-coded excess and dive-bombing camerawork, where only Caey Mulligan is recognisable from Fitzgerald's masterpiece.
Was expecting to hate it, but I ended up really enjoying this ridicuslously over-the-top vision of the 1920s. It's great fun to watch and the production value of this movie is fabulous. I'm usually a fan of subtleties, but Baz Luhrmann is such a nutcase behind the camera that it's hard not to enjoy.
Baz Luhrmann's much anticipated adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" certainly exceeded my expectations. I was expecting style to triumph over substance and was happily surprised to find real substance in addition to the resplendent glamorized style. The symbolism of Fitzgerald's novel has been faithfully captured here and the real meaning is readily apparent.
I cannot relate to certain story, theme or motif when it is unashamedly placed below stylization. Even with Leonardo DiCaprio's effort in his characterization, the anachronistic musical choices, onanistic visuals and overall camp attitude turns unintentionally amusing, and serves only to detract and damage the core of the piece.
It commits almost every possible sin a movie can. It has an abhorrent soundtrack, the make-up department was clearly influenced by the oompa loompas when applying foundation to Toby Maguire, several scenes were structured purely for 3D purposes and don't work at all in 2D, it misquotes really important lines (particularly the opening) until they are unrecognisable but is utterly faithful to many throw-away lines...
An abomination of the worst kind. An insult to the source literature and to every adaptation that's come before it. Tasteless mainstream fodder for the masses. The rap music was cringe-worthy and out of place. How does it even make sense within the narrative? A cheap attempt to sell more tickets to urban audiences? Jay Z... really? In addition, cheap cgi-laden imagery and hollow performances really do this film in...
This movie tries so hard to be elegant that it fails, even crossing sometimes the line of tackiness, specially with the floating letters and the heads above the clouds. I hated the languid expressions of Daisy Buchanan (Mulligan was so disappointing) and by the end of the first half I couldn't hear Gatsby saying "old sport" one more time... Nevertheless the sets and clothes are great, but that's pretty much it.