The best attempt yet to capture the essence of the novel
Friday, 10 May 2013
Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan
Philip Geraci said on Sunday, August 24, 2014 5:00:56 PM
cinema with little regard for history but a simple yearning for shiny objects.
Chris said on Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:32:23 AM
FINALLY, I found a good review!! Every other person who has reviewed this film either hasn't read the novel, or doesn't understand it… the film was by FAR the best adaptation that's been made, the acting was absolutely on point. My only problem was the music, I think it could have been done a little better, but other than that it was stellar.
Mark said on Monday, December 02, 2013 12:10:09 AM
I have to say that I thought this was a very good book adaptation. And I can't help but think Mr. Roeper missed out on the finest criticism that leaps out at you from the moment it is first presented until the last ... This soundtrack absolutely blows!!!!! As I see it, that is likely the reason for the minus on the grade. If the soundtrack was re-recorded with a better music selection ... one even remotely close to the times and sounds you would expect from this era ... well then, I certainly see how it could have been an A, but I am struggling to see how it held on with an A- such as it was. Better luck next time. Perhaps Mr Roeper had just come from the Canarble Wagon when he gave this review.
susan said on Saturday, November 16, 2013 10:31:09 AM
this movie surpasses the old version, leonardo DiCaprio made the PERFECT Jay Gatsby. The casting director made the RIGHT choice to play this role. Mr. DiCaprio played it like nobodys business. Ms. Mulligan fell short, Mia Farrow was a better Daisy. I did view the original The Great Gatsby with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in the starring roles a few days after seeing Mr. Luhrmanns version. Mr. Lurhmann brought a new RICH version of the great novel. He definitely made it his own, and spectacularly done. Thank You Mr. Luhrmann for making a fulfilling, all encapsulating movie.
Preston said on Saturday, June 01, 2013 12:05:15 AM
My wife and I went to see the new Gatsby and we thought it was a great film and a much more entertaining and accurate adaptation of the book. Leonardo was a much better Gatsby than Redford. I expected more from the older movie as I kept hearing how great it was, but it was difficult to sit through the old version after seeing how good a movie Gatsby could be with the new version.
Nancy said on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 11:39:01 AM
"The passionate love between the two main characters." If you have read the novel, there was no passionate love affair between the two. Gatsby was chasing the American dream in which he romanticize that Daisy would fulfill. I would go as far to say he didn't really love Daisy. Daisy doesn't love anybody but herself. Baz Luhrmann's interpretation is a bit of a sensory overload, but I think it's fitting for the time the novel/movie takes place. Robert Redford as Gatsby made me sleepy.
amadna said on Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:20:45 AM
Thank you Mr. Roper for seeing the potential in this movie. It makes me wonder what people really expected after Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge?! I felt that Baz's rendition made the book more glamorous and exciting. I find the book to be a bit dull, and forgive my opinion on this, that it allowed the movie to really capture my imagination and bring this story to life in a more energetic way. I think the casting was spot on, Toby played a perfect Nick, because Nick was quite boring and was the tote doll during the book. Mr. Gatsby and Leo together is explosive. Leo is incredible and can really transform and he really appreciates the rolls he's given. I just loved it. I can't help it! I also enjoyed the sound track because I'll never forget the sound track to Romeo & Juliet and how much I loved it!
rickrowland said on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:16:14 AM
See old redford/copploa movie. Read book.see luhrman/dicaprio. Stir.combine.understand this is history of Fitzgerald and Zelda. ENJOY
Jose Velez said on Saturday, May 18, 2013 10:06:07 PM
I can't see what Mr. Roeper is speaking of when I saw the film just a few hours ago and walked out after half hour of lovely visuals but absolutely boring but splashy film making. Hollywood threw in everything but the kitchen sink. The costumes were spectacular but I couldn't see Mr. DeCaprio as Gatsby.
Joseph Ryan said on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:19:05 PM
This film surprised me! After some so-so reviews, I was expecting a so-so adaptation of a great novel. Not "so"! The film was both a treat to/for the eyes and a treat for the emotions/mind. Great performances besides. Fitzgerald would be very satisfied that his novel was portrayed properly, I think.