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The Great Gatsby
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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
I didn’t think it was possible for Baz Luhrmann to make a worse film than Australia but he’s managed it quite spectacularly here. Given the less than impressive adaptations of The Great Gatsby it seems F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great American novel doesn’t translate well to the big screen. However, it is an achievement how much Luhrmann drops the ball, delivering a gaudy and laboured confection of empty excess and little else.
Although Luhrmann seems perfectly suited to capturing the vulgar decadence and glittering parties that provide the story’s centrepieces he is incapable of capturing the human emotions of the doomed romance that drives the film and Gatsby. The aching melancholy and mystery of the great Jay Gatsby is all but…
Uses of the word "fuck" in Casino: 398.
Uses of the words "old sport" in Gatsby: 426.
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…
"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…
Why did I give it 3 1/2 stars when I first saw it? What was going on in my head? Was I really that bored? Was I really that starved for shiny things?
Songs, camera work, Tobey Maguire's performance, that godawful stupid, inane, redundant, performance thieving, insipid voiceover, those shirts.
Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.
"...old sport." - Jay Gatsby
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This is the only version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald book that I saw. And I think Leonardo DiCaprio played the role very well, as the classy Jay Gatsby who will fight for a love from from his past, as a man who does not give up. The movie had great art direction and great costumes, it was all very classy. Amazing adaptation of a classic American novel.
"Being a permanent middle-of-the-road flick, 'Gatsby' shows that pop culture and art can truly cloud and diminish beautiful storytelling."
Baz Luhrmann is a brave soul for taking on this great American story. Unfortunately, the prize of adaptations still belongs to Mr. Ang Lee for 'Life of Pi.' For starters, 'Gatsby' is a beautiful film. I feel that Fitzgerald never dreamed of the West Egg village looking so beautiful. Also, I was thoroughly impressed with the costumes, the fast paced editing, and some of the actors. Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, and Jason Clarke all performed excellently. Regardless of the few elements of this film that I enjoyed, I must say that this film just misses the mark. Although it's visually appealing,…
Nach der ersten Stunde, deren hastigen und sprunghaften Schnitte einen teilweise in den Wahnsinn treiben können, hat man sich an die detailreiche Umsetzung des bekannten Stoffes gewöhnt. Unterhaltsam und kurzweilig, aber nächstes mal bitte 30 CGI-Fahrten weniger, dann bricht auch vielleicht die "künstliche" Ebene hinweg.
Not nearly as bad as most people say, but certainly not great, either. Aesthetically, it's spectacular, and the performances are fine in that special over-the-top Baz Luhrrman way. But the first third is a slog, and by the time things come to a head in the last half of the picture, it'll be difficult to stay invested. Worth a look (it's DiCaprio, after all), but temper your expectations.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
OLD FUCKING SPORT ARGHHHHH
I had high hopes for this version but I was let down.
It's not quite the story I pictured for the book - though I haven't read it yet -, but it's interesting in it's on way. It's Baz Luhrmann with all the good and bad stuff. Lots of colors, very vibrant, good music... but it seems exagerated. But the original story is, obviously, amazing.
Quirky and stylized adaptation a most beloved F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Definitely loud and demonstrates a specific point of view, but no less endearing or charismatic.
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