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69 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes!
Firstly, please do not let the title of the review fool you - Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" is not just a visually stunning production, it is a great piece of cinematography, wonderfully adapted script and first class acting by the leading cast as well as all the extras. Mr Luhrmann's is one maverick of director, who never shied from over the top productions, and...
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1.0 out of 5 stars The style worked for Moulin Rouge, it completely fails with The Great Gatsby
Baz Luhrmann's use of popular music, rap and modern dance set in a period drama was very original in Moulin Rouge because it suited the bohemian story of Toulouse-Lautrec, who was a pioneer of the new and decadence at the same time. The art scene in Paris during the 1920s was experimenting in the unconventional. So to implant that style into a story about dangers of...
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1.0 out of 5 stars The style worked for Moulin Rouge, it completely fails with The Great Gatsby, 16 May 2014
This review is from: The Great Gatsby (Blu-ray)
Baz Luhrmann's use of popular music, rap and modern dance set in a period drama was very original in Moulin Rouge because it suited the bohemian story of Toulouse-Lautrec, who was a pioneer of the new and decadence at the same time. The art scene in Paris during the 1920s was experimenting in the unconventional. So to implant that style into a story about dangers of excess could work, but in The Great Gatsby it fails utterly because none of it felt real. The use of CGI is reminiscent of the Star Wars prequels. There was so much of it that it lost all resemblance to normality. This was a 1920s that no one would recognise. In the inability to believe what you see is real than any character development or sympathy went out of the window. It could make for a spectacular music video but for a feature film it lacked soul, depth or interest. Leonardo DiCaprio was the only saving grace. The narration by Tobey Maguire is awful and Carey Mulligan phoned it in.
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69 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes!, 24 Jun 2013
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Firstly, please do not let the title of the review fool you - Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" is not just a visually stunning production, it is a great piece of cinematography, wonderfully adapted script and first class acting by the leading cast as well as all the extras. Mr Luhrmann's is one maverick of director, who never shied from over the top productions, and together with great (truly fatastic!) acting by Leonardo DiCaprio and the amazing soundtrack recorded by the most famous names in the contemporary pop - this is a miracle recipe for the greatest Gatsby!

"The Great Gatsby" is visually striking, which is no more and no less that we've come to expect from a Baz Lurhmann's film. Lurhmann never held back from producing and directing stunning works of art. But, compared to his previous works (perhaps with the exception of Romeo + Juliet [DVD] [1996]), which were beautiful and entertaining, but somewhat lacking depth, "The Great Gatsby" has all the important components of a great film.

Lurhmann's attention to detail is admirable, the Scott Fitzgerald's book is read through the cinematography, the director is faithful to the writer's work. Baz Lurhmann is truly pushing the envelope in portraying the overblown madness of the twenties' glamorous living. You can feel the craziness, you experience the insanity, the hysterics, you are living for the day. But beyond its themes of wealth and craziness and obsessing on living for the moment, "The Great Gatsby" is a wonderful, beautiful and tragic love story. It's a twisted romance. It's an instant classic.

DiCaprio is amazing as Gatsby. He is charismatic and charming and dark and complex and so in love with Daisy. DiCaprio shines in this role. But then, the whole film is one shiny experience. Everything is perfect, from Miuccia Prada's design of period outfits (beautiful creations!) to another one of Lurhmann's trademarks - the very best of contemporary music to compliment the cinematography - it all blends organically, resulting in a beautiful, grand "Gatsby" the film.

I urge you to see "The Great Gatsby" in the cinema (while it is still showing, in 3D) to fully appreciate how mind-blowing this production is!
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3.0 out of 5 stars VISUALLY SURREAL, 27 Oct 2014
Told in flashback, Nick Carraway played by Tobey Maguire, tells the story of his neighbour, multi millionaire Jay Gatsby, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Mysterious, party throwing Gatsby, invites Nick to one of his parties, having an ulterior motive, which is unknown to Nick until later. Nick later finds out that Gatsby, wants him to set up a meeting with his cousin, who lives across the bay, but is already married, but already knows Gatsby from five years previously.

This film is visually stunning, having many scenes which stand out. The film may not be perfect, but the party sets, and visual look of the film overall, is worth at least one viewing.

This blu ray transfer is in the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and the image is pin sharp, with vibrant colours. The sound is 5.1.

Although I thought this film was only ok I have seen worse films. This may have limited appeal.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubbish, farcical, 6 May 2014
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This review is from: The Great Gatsby (DVD)
This version is vacuous, relying on exaggerated visual effects. It's all too much- yuk. The characters are overdrawn, the dialogue pushed into the background. Watch the MUCH better version with Robert Redford instead!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films of 2013, 5 Nov 2014
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The Great Gatsby realised the book clearly in a triumphant style and was a real treat for the senses as well as being a subtle exploration of the themes of the book. A very enjoyable story that was well told.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Time I will never get back., 6 May 2014
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Casting is totally wrong an too much CGI for a film of its period. Should of kept it in its time without the current day music. Shame, as the book is very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moulin Rouge in another guise?, 11 Oct 2014
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I found this film to be very absorbing. I could not help comparing it with Moulin Rouge, even if I had not been aware it was the same director:
Similar unusual, colourful sequences with the camera zooming into scenes, sometimes from afar. The outlandish decadence, colourful characters. The often lavish costumes, jewellery and sets and props. The often very lively music- sometimes almost out of place- but not quite. The 'Green Light', instead of 'The Green Fairy' and the tragic love story. Obviously a lot of CGI was used- but how else could the film be made?
The 142 minutes went very quickly for me and I've added the book to my reading list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surreal movie, 16 Oct 2014
This review is from: The Great Gatsby [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
What a great epic of a movie. Spectacular, stunning, luxurious, surreal, movie that only a director like Baz can get away with. He also directed Moulin Rouge, this too was an amazing movie. I much prefer this Great Gatsby movie to the original, I found the characters in the original movie wooden. Whereas in this potrayal of the Great Gatsby the characters are all believable and real. They all convey internal sadness, and play their roles flawlessy. As for Leonardo DeCaprio as always he excels in this role that befits the Great Gatsby character. I highly recommend you to buy this movie you wont be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, Old Sport !!!, 4 Jun 2014
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Beautiful cast members, beautiful sets, beautiful costumes, this film is wonderful - Leonardo is a genius and the support cast excellent - Recommend - 10/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, 20 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Great Gatsby (DVD)
Yet another success from Lhurmann. The sets, the music and of course Dicaprios ability to portray pretty much any character scored a 10/10 for me!
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