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5.0 out of 5 stars Moulin Rouge in another guise?
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...
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Moulin Rouge in another guise?, 11 Oct 2014
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JLH (Clacton, England) - See all my reviews
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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 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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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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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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1.0 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible wasted opportunity., 6 Jan 2014
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J. Whitworth (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Great Gatsby [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
I was looking forward to seeing an updated version of the Redford movie and of course seeing how the classic and beautiful book would be adapted. Good, God; what an awful film. Massively over stylised; if you're looking for a definition of style over substance, this is it. It is all very strange. Good (and great) actors give dire and wooden performance, the whole think has the air of amateur pantomime and perhaps worst and most mystifying of all a movie set in the 1920s when some of the most exciting music ever made was being written and performed is ruined by the inclusion of rap and dance music!

Avoid like the plague.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie. Another prime example that the poor man ..., 11 Sep 2014
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Great Movie. Another prime example that the poor man always looses. Leonardo Dicaprio, plays an eccentric millionaire, who wishes to find is lost love.

Holding jazz filled parties he finds the cousin of love interest... Well, I will not tell you the rest. You will have to watch the film.

So enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Middling, 6 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Great Gatsby (Blu-ray)
I didn't really care for this, in contrast my partner absolutely loved it.
The early part of the film irritated rather than entertained, picked up once DiCaprio appeared and ambled along to the conclusion.
Pretty to watch, surreal at times, note the large number of digital artists listed in the credits.
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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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