My one line verdict...'Blown Away' by the superlative production. Not for a second did it sink under the vast and detailed production values. The best screen filler since Cecil B. De Mille.
Heart breaking and deeply moving. Lurhman understood the novel and it's inner text. The only DVD add on was the deleted scenes and Baz explaining why. I loved the missing scenes but so could see why he left them out.
The book and film is actually as much about the strange friendship between Jay and Nick Carroway as much, if not more than about Gatsby and Daisy.
The one deleted scene that Lurhman most regretted not using was just before they go to New York for the Tom and Gatsby showdown. Nick says, "She's got an indiscreet voice," I remarked. "It's full of----" I hesitated. "Her voice is full of money," Gatsby said suddenly.
That was it. I'd never understood before. It was full of money--that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it. . . . high in a white palace the king's daughter, the golden girl. .
Later when Tom try's to repair his friendship with Nick, he says" I couldn't forgive him or like him, but I saw what he had done was to him, entirely justified. It was all very carless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy, they smashed up things and creatures, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made."
So all in all it was just wonderful. I had expected the music to jar...but not so, not even the odd rap. It was minimal and it sounded period, beautifully mixed.
One scene I waited for with bated breath was the SHIRT scene. Jack Clayton's version with Robert Redford did it so beautifully you saw why Daisy was crying......Here was a different take just just as telling. Magical film making.
As you might guess I most heartily recommend it.