I had ridiculous expectations for The Great Gatsby, but it didn't fulfill them. I should've lowered my expectations, but I did not. I love Baz Luhrmann's films, so this fact made me watch it in theatres.
I enjoyed The Great Gatsby immensely. It's one of the most memorable cinematic experiences I've had in ages. The cinematic experience stayed with me long after I had seen The Great Gatsby, but not the film itself. I admit it, I had fun watching the parties for the first hour. I just wanted to be with Gatsby (or should I say, the handsome Leonardo DiCaprio). DiCaprio is so dang hot onscreen that I can hardly stand it! If anything, see The Great Gatsby for the incredible eye-candy. It's awesome despite the film lacks substance, emotion and several other faults. Without further ado, my review! Enjoy!
I'm currently reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and it's fantastic thus far! This film adaptation convinced me to read it! I can see why it is considered "The Great American Novel".
Baz Luhrmann delivered an epic, overlong, repetitive adaptation of The Great Gatsby. It is having too much fun attending a Gatsby party.
Based on the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, an aspiring bond broker Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) lives near Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Long Island. Gatsby hosts extravagant parties in the hope to reunite with the love of his life Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan). Gatsby is obsessed with repeating the past, but is unable to.
Mulligan and DiCaprio lack chemistry onscreen. The characters are two-dimensional and don’t feel human.
The narration by Carraway is unnecessary. The Great Gatsby is in-your-face repetitive and it could drive you insane. Gatsby said “old sport” too many times and this felt clichéd throughout. I had enough of this by the third act.
The Great Gatsby is overlong and could’ve been thirty minutes shorter. This film requires many bathroom breaks. The first and third acts draw you in immediately. The parties and climax keep your interest, but the dialogue is tiring.
The “cautionary tale” is relevant in the first act, but diminishes in the second and third acts. It defeats the purpose of the novel. The message is hidden behind the parties. Your actions in the present reflect the future.
There are a few merits to Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. To say the least, the visuals are stunning and the music blends in well with the story. The third act may surprise you, but is a letdown.
The Great Gatsby is underwhelming. You must lower your expectations because this adaptation won’t fulfill them. Expect dissatisfaction when you walk out of theatre.
I don’t recommend you attending a Gatsby party, but if you must, attend it for the glam, the music and the fun. Don’t entice yourself too much. B