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68 of 83 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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68 of 83 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love, 9 Jun 2014
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I adore this film. I saw it twice at the cinema and had to get it on blu-ray. The soundtrack is also amazing. It stays true to the books but the visuals are just amazing. The story is so well told, and even though it's a very long film you hardly notice because it sucks you in. You feel like you're right there, in the 20's singing and dancing. It's perfect. If you haven't seen it, watch it now!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not an actual film, 23 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Great Gatsby (Blu-ray)
More of a visual montage of expensive but poorly conceived pop videos. If you actually enjoy 'proper' films ie. films with a plot, a story, characters etc then give this a miss. Saying that, I only managed 40 minutes before switching off so maybe it got better as it went on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful, 10 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Great Gatsby (DVD)
A woeful travesty of a great work of literature. Where to start? The irritating and misplaced sound track? The acting and leaden script The green screen sets that made me feel I was watching Harry Potter? Or was it just the complete lack of feeling in this woeful movie? I hit the stop button after enduring it for 15 minutes in the hope it might improve. It didn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, Old Sport !!!, 4 Jun 2014
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This review is from: The Great Gatsby [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The not great Gatsby, 1 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Great Gatsby (DVD)
Sadly this reinterpretation of The Great Gatsby falls horribly short of the mark. It loses all the eloquence and style of Fitzgerald's writing. Similarly the characters brought so vividly and sensitively to life in the Redford/Farrow version are reduced to cartoon-like figures stumbling around in a bewildering, over-indulgent production. This one of the very few movies I have been unable to watch through to the end. Do yourself a favour - give it a miss and opt for the original. It has more than stood the test of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 5 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tale, 9 Sep 2013
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This review is from: The Great Gatsby [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
The Great Gatsby is the tale of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio - The Departed) a war veteran with a colourful and incredible past. With the high society in the Long-island towns West Egg & East Egg, Gatsby throws parties of the highest-order impressing all of the locals with his Gothic mansion, art-deco interior and lavish spending on entertainment. But as Gatsby leans on newcomer writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire - Spider-Man) and confides in him, it becomes clear to Nick that not even all the money & respect in the world can satiate Gatsby as he hungers after married Daisy (Carey Mulligan - Drive) - will Gatsby get what he wants and at what cost?

The Great Gatsby is a grandiose affair, the styling of the 1920's lifted straight from the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel of the same name. Resultantly, we have huge set pieces of the lavish parties and splendiferous surrounds of the Gatsby residence. What follows is more a monologue of Nick Carraway lamenting Gatsby's indifference to anything but Daisy, almost as if his world exists only to please her and the extent that he will go to have her. Ultimately, TGG is a fantastically well filmed affair, credit to Baz Luhrman (director of other grand show-pieces such as Moulin Rouge) lasting just over 140 mins. The whole ethos of the film reinforced with the noticeable but not unlikeable CGI usage. The cars, the suits and the attitudes, down to the accents are just how I imagined it to be (how accurate any of this is is another matter).

The universal response to TGG has been to host parties in a similar style and to emulate the society however this really is missing the point of the film, the film carries an allegorical message about how soulless the whole pursuit is, a point missed by a large proportion of the audience who are dazzled by the shine & shimmer and neglect the moral content. TGG is ultimately a cautionary tale. Lecturing aside, the cast are capable, although I personally felt that Carey Mulligan for Daisy was a poor fit; she holds her corner well however. Isla Fisher as Tom Buchanan's (Joel Edgerton - Warrior) love interest was laughable, I really did not feel her performance and given the character's significance she was a poor choice. Despite a couple of dubious castings and some over-hashed CGI set-pieces (the ash-piles look like something out of a dystopian dream) the end result is a real feeling of Gatsby being haunted by his desire for something other than wanton materialism, blinking in the fog like the green-light of the Buchanan pier.

Extra Content;
· The Greatness of Gatsby
· "Within and Without" With Tobey Maguire
· The Swinging Sounds of Gatsby
· The Jazz Age
· Razzle Dazzle: The Fashion of the '20s
· Fitzgerald's Visual Poetry
· Gatsby Revealed
· Deleted Scenes
· Trailers
There is a digital copy of the film included with this disc - with Ultraviolet codings (UV is a digital locker for your media, you have to register an account and upload your unique product code, but then you can stream it or download it anywhere on the planet on any medium).

Whilst it may not be the most canon adaptation or representation of the era, The Great Gatsby is a beautiful experience with a moral that will captivate you for over two hours. Recommended.
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