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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Gatsby for the MTV Generation
Music videos are designed to hold the attention with rapid fire editing and overblown action sequences and CGI. But when the same techniques are stretched into feature film length, the results can be rather draining.

Baz Luhrmann has said that had he included everything that was in the original novel, his film would have been seven hours long. And yet three...
Published 17 days ago by Gary O'Riley


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66 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes!, 24 Jun 2013
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Lola (London) - See all my reviews
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch again and again., 28 Jan 2014
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Baz Luhrman does it again with a wonderful story backed by contempory music and fantastic sets and locations. History brought up to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! I never write reviews but I felt ..., 11 July 2014
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Loved it! I never write reviews but I felt I had to say it was best film ive seen I years.The design of the film, The music.All the stars.I want to watch it again.5/5.♥
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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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J. Morris "Josh" (London) - See all my reviews
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Gatsby for the MTV Generation, 6 July 2014
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Gary O'Riley (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Great Gatsby [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Music videos are designed to hold the attention with rapid fire editing and overblown action sequences and CGI. But when the same techniques are stretched into feature film length, the results can be rather draining.

Baz Luhrmann has said that had he included everything that was in the original novel, his film would have been seven hours long. And yet three other film versions have made good attempts at adapting the whole story.

This version starts to go down hill with the rendering of the scene where Nick visits Daisy and Tom for dinner. Some of Fitzgerald's dialogue is employed, but easily missed with characters talking over each other. The episode then sinks into slapstick with Nick taking a pratfall. The symbolism of the green light at the end of the dock is taken up and exaggerated into a surreal fluorescent search light shrouded in fog. Perhaps more of the original story could have been included if the film hadn't invented unnecessary scenes, such as Nick narrating his tale in a sanatorium, with a psychiatrist in the room. Where did that idea spring from?

The burgeoning relationship between Nick and Jordan is completely ignored. In fact throughout, there is a bizarre determination to portray Nick as a loser. All subtlety is lost , with scenes taken to simplified extremes. The afternoon party at Myrtle's New York apartment just stops short of becoming an orgy and the business lunch with Meyer Wolfsheim takes place in a speakeasy complete with dancing girls and a floor show. This is lunch time, for goodness sake!

In an essay about New York, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: "Restlessness of New York in 1927 approached hysteria". The Great Gatsby was set in 1922, and Fiztgearld was specifically referring to the year or two before the Wall Street crash in 1929. However the "Hysteria" quote has been picked up and used as part of the film's marketing campaign, and it seems a driving motivation of the movie is to show the roaring twenties in glorious CGI.

It's impossible to know how much time the director spent with his actors, when not pre-occupied with his 3D camera rig, but Leonardo DiCaprio makes a good Gatsby and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan as Meyer Wolfsheim is very enjoyable to watch. The director has said that he dropped a line, as too negative, where Gatsby says Daisy's voice is "full of money". An odd decision as one of the themes of the Great Gatsby is the ability of the very rich to retreat into their wealth. However the film goes some way to redeeming itself by covering the meeting of Gatsby with Dan Cody, and Gatsby's subsequent re-inventing of himself; a central theme of the novel and still relevant to many self made people today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A colourful adaptation that remains faithful to the original novel, 27 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Great Gatsby [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
I initially didn't want to see this film. As someone who formerly disliked a lot of Baz Luhrmann's filmography with the exception of Romeo and Juliet, I thought that him adapting F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel would be a cataclysmic failure. It was only after rewatching Moulin Rouge recently that I changed my mind about watching this film. Moulin Rouge recently became one of my new favourite films and I was interested in indulging myself in watching The Great Gatsby. This film, whilst not great, does remain an ambitious and intriguing adaptation of the book with Luhrmann's own style integrated into the story. Despite the mixed reception this film got, it has been popular with audiences and one of the most underrated films of last year.

One of the best aspects of The Great Gatsby is the casting. Pretty much every actor equips themselves well into their roles and they all suit their characters. Leonardo DiCaprio is perfect as Gatsby, completely capturing his suaveness and charm as well as displaying his insecurities, particularly when discussing his past or when pursuing Daisy. Carey Mulligan does great work as Daisy and conveys the character's selfishness well. Joel Edgerton is great as the imposing and unrestrained Tom. Tobey Maguire is probably the weak spot but even his role as Nick is impressive and plays the role of observer very well in the story. Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke also make the most out of their smaller roles.

One of the central criticisms of the film is Luhrmann's use of modern day pop and RNB songs in a film taking place in the 20s. Whilst employing the use of jazz music in some scenes as well as Bach, he also uses hip hop tunes for some of the party scenes as well as songs from Lana Del Rey, Beyonce and the Black Eyed Peas. The soundtrack is questionable at first but as the film progresses, you get used to it and some songs do blend well with the scenes they play over. 'Young and Beautiful' by Lana Del Rey is used well in a montage scene between Gatsby and Daisy and Jack White's cover of 'Love is Blindness' by U2 also works well in the car accident scene. Some may be put off by the soundtrack if they want a more accurate re-enactment of 20s New York but it works in keeping with Luhrmann's style of the film. Another film that employed the use of modern day soundtracks in an old setting was Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained which received more positive recognition.

The only problems I have with The Great Gatsby are mainly that at times Luhrmann's style does tend to overrun the integrity of the novel. Whilst Luhrmann is a quality filmmaker, he does have the tendency to go style over substance on many of his projects particularly Australia. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed his Romeo and Juliet adaptation, it did feel a lot like a music video at times and Great Gatsby also has that feeling. It's not a major problem because the film does retain the original ethos of Fitzgerald's book but it keeps it from being completely satisfying.

The Great Gatsby is a very underrated adaptation of the book and worth checking out if you've read the book or if you're a fan of Luhrmann's work. The cast are terrific, the style of the film works great alongside the story and the film is also stunning to look at. Luhrmann really did a terrific job replicating 20s New York and it works greatly. Whilst not flawless, I still really enjoyed it and it should be admired for its ambition. 8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 23 Jun 2014
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Having watched the film in 3D at our local arts cinema, I grabbed the chance of an early release on DVD to share the experience with a few friends (although not, alas, in 3D). Cheap at the price, I really enjoyed this film even the second time around, whilst
lamenting the fact that I wasn't around in the 1920's, rich, and deeply involved in all that lovely decadence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, 20 Jun 2014
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars empty kitsch, 18 Jun 2014
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Poor and wooden acting; far too much money spent on stunning spectacle of shallow, aimless hedonism. Watching this was not enjoyable, in fact it was improved at 'fast forward'. inferior to previous productions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good!!, 14 Jun 2014
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one of my favourite films, and actors. a very long film but awesome. i would definitely recommend to leo fans
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