The Great Gatsby
An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await
Uses of the word "fuck" in Casino: 398.
Uses of the words "old sport" in Gatsby: 426.
"I filmed myself jerking off on a copy of The Great Gatsby and decided to advertise it as a movie staring Leonardo DiCaprio" - Baz Luhrmann on the making of The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby should have been awful. Luhrmann has proven once again to be a terrible director. Anyone who has seen Romeo + Juliet or Moulin Rouge! instantly knows what Luhrmann's style is, and it really isn't working out for him because it makes his films look terrible. The Great Gatsby is filled with terrible CGI and green screening that is so embarrassing for such a big budget film. You can tell that this is not taking the place in the 1920's. Last I check a film…
Young Baz Luhrmann: "Hey mom! Look what I found in the dumpster: it's some old book!"
Mom Luhrmann: "Honey, put that thing back where you found it and get back to filming me throwing glitter at your father."
Young Baz: "But ma! It's got some superficial romance and a melodramatic tragedy of an ending and some subtle political commentary that I can wash over if not ignore completely!"
Mom: "Well, okay honey, I'll let you read it just this one time. But only if you promise me you'll film it like a musical and yet not make it quite a musical, leaving your audience constantly expecting someone to burst into song. Oh, and make sure your camera is constantly moving…
Recognizing it will likely come off as a poor, incredibly obvious attempt at a snarky dismissal... Genuinely, the single highest and lowest compliment I can pay Baz Luhrmann's effort here is that it REALLY made me want to dust off the copy of "Gatsby" I rushed through the summer before my freshman year of college just so I could tell people, "Yes, I've read it." Based on the narrated lines we hear from Nick Carraway's tale within a tale, there's almost no way I properly appreciated Fitzgerald's genius. Now about those often-too-fleeting images and the unnecessarily schizophrenic visual style...
P.S. You know a performance is good when you simply can't hold back any longer and have to pull the iPhone out -- yes, of course I did it surreptitiously, I'm not an animal -- to see who the actress is playing Jordan Baker. How can Elizabeth Debicki only have 2 more feature film credits to her name than I do?
A 'Top of the Pops' period-piece whose hyper-style of fluorescent colours and cartoon bourgeois attempt to mask any would-be depth beyond the aesthetic (why do rap tracks blare over a party set in the 1920s? It is bizarre choice of music and completely out of place).
Luhrmann tries to place a modern lure on top of the fundamentals of the book (character intrigue, potent drama) but his style of bright colours, odd music and heavy CGI choke the film instead of complementing it. Motivations of the characters are sensed not to spawn from themselves but because the script has a task for them to operate, this is best shown through Daisy who functions as the vulnerable object of desire and…
Who is this Gatsby?
F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, is a tale of idealism, excess, lack of self-restraint, decadence and resistance to change. Baz Luhrmann's 2013 film adaptation correctly explores those themes, but they also describe the film's production. Every single moment of the film is bigger then life and full of spectacle resulting in an artificial feeling that I couldn't shake off during most of the film.
Just to be clear I actually like most of Luhrmann's films. I love Moulin Rouge! and inexplicably, to the confusion of many, also like Australia. There's a contributing factor to both those films that probably effected my judgment of them, but it just goes to show I…
Mūsdienīga mūzika (The Xx, Lana Del Rey, Florence And The Machine un diezgan netradicionāla pieejam džeza laikmetam arī ar repa dziesmām), spoži tērpi, mūziklu cienīgs teatrālisms dejā un mūžvecais stāsts par mīlestību, 105 miljonu budžetā padara šo filmu par īstu ''eye candy''. Tiesa, krāsu, skaņu un kustības virpulī ir viegli noreibt, jo viss vienmēr notiek pārākajā pakāpē.
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I'm currently studying for an MA in modern literature, and one of my greatest literary shames is that I don't really *get* the popularity of The Great Gatsby. Fair dooze, I read it as a teen and have never really wanted to revisit so maybe all the commentary was lost on me at the time, but Gatsby left me cold.
However, like most people, I was excited to see Baz Luhrmann's interpretation of the jazz age and, like most people, my feelings are mixed.
I'm a huge Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet fan but Luhrmann's editing style is starting to get tiring, sometimes I wish he would slow things down so we can get a proper look at all…
Look--I like Moulin Rouge...a lot. So that may tell you all you need to know about my tastes. Baz Lurhman is an acquired taste, but I've acquired it. (No, I didn't see Australia.)
1920s on acid
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The Great Gatsby was not as great as I had hoped. In fact, I found it to be impoverished and wearisome. Luhrman attempts to recreate Fitzgerald's novelization in a contemporary light but ultimately fails to produce a film that is either powerful or significant. He makes use of terrific special effects as well as set/costume design but he is unable to compensate for his own poor sense of guidance. Surprisingly enough, I found the modernized re-imagining of the The Great Gatsby to be fine. The hip/hop soundtrack was able to capture my attention quite quickly and the use of fluorescent colours illustrated the film's initial tone accurately. I was skeptical of the cast, mostly because I can't stand to watch…
It's "Australia" all over again.
Filled with good ideas, wonderful work by the DP and good performances (except Carey Mulligan (boring) and Isla Fisher (simply wrong)) as well as a nice soundtrack (even though it could use a bit less Lana Del Rey).
Storytelling-wise it's a mess, a noble one when you look at all the ideas Baz Luhrmann put on screen.
This film served as an intro to "The Great Gatsby" for me.
Maybe i'm biased because I have a huge soft spot for Leo, or maybe I was hypnotized by the beautiful cinematography.
Either way, I really enjoyed this!
A moronic adaptation.