The Great Gatsby 3D

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Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) adapts F. Scott Fitzgerald’s romantic masterpiece set in New York in the spring of 1922 - an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton. Winner of the 2014 Academy Awards for Best Costume and Production Design.

Would-be writer Nick Carraway (Maguire) leaves the Midwest for New York, chasing his own American Dream. He lands next door to mysterious, party-giving millionaire Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin Daisy (Mulligan) and her philandering, blue-blooded husband Tom (Edgerton). Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich and, from within, pens a tale of love, ambition and tragedy.

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Best Production Design and Costume Design at the Academy Awards and BAFTAs 2014

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Drama, Romance, 3D

142mins

Rating: M Violence & sex scenes

USA, Australia

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Like an ever-so-slightly more literary Transformers sequel, Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby is a sense-shattering storm of lush imagery, beautiful people and other aesthetic wonders. It’s the modern blockbuster as classic book adaptation. I had a ball watching it, but the impact is fleeting and the emotions shallow. Like Transformers.

By replacing giant robots and explosions with luxurious mansions, dazzling costumes and immaculate make-up, The Great Gatsby invites an air of superficial respectability that is perhaps reflected in its lead character - a distortion of the American Dream who built up his fortune with ill-gotten gains.

DiCaprio is well-suited (literally!) to the part – he’s finally starting to leave behind the boyishness that has always threatened his believability as a grown-up. As Jay Gatsby, he cuts a fine figure, but the deeply felt obsession at the heart of his character doesn’t totally shine through.

Tobey Maguire acquits himself with dignity as the audience’s somewhat blank proxy and Carey Mulligan oozes sensuality, almost to the point where I was willing to forgive her character’s transgressions. The most impressive performance in the film is given by Aussie Joel Edgerton, wholly convincing as a rich entitled jerk.

But it’s the filmmaking that is the true star here, and while it never stops calling attention to itself, it’s still a wonder to behold - I haven’t felt this drunk on cinematic beauty since Life of Pi.

Empire (UK)

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Despite DiCaprio's prize performance, purists will fume, but even as lit-crashing razzle-dazzle entertainment Luhrmann's adaptation is a candelabrum too far.

Guardian (UK)

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An energetic, glittering adaptation of the classic Fitzgerald novel, but sacrifices all of the original's subtlely in the process.

Hollywood Reporter

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The cast is first-rate, the ambiance and story provide a measure of intoxication and, most importantly, the core thematic concerns pertaining to the American dream, self-reinvention and love lost, regained and lost again are tenaciously addressed.

New York Times

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Less a conventional movie adaptation than a splashy, trashy opera, a wayward, lavishly theatrical celebration of the emotional and material extravagance that Fitzgerald surveyed with fascinated ambivalence.

Time Out New York

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The anachronistic pop-music cues, digitally augmented tracking shots and disco-globe-glittery production design don't re-create the headiness of early-20th-century New York so much as invent a billowy fantasy otherworld in the gauzy vein of Twilight.

Total Film (UK)

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Like Gatsby himself, the movie's a handsome attraction whose dizzying/vulgar wealth is unashamedly flaunted to court favour with bright young things.

Variety (USA)

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What Luhrmann grasps even less than previous adapters of the tale is that Fitzgerald was, via his surrogate Carraway, offering an eyewitness account of the decline of the American empire, not an invitation to the ball.

The Ok Gatsby

Beautifully crafted yet somehow soulless and not a patch on the source material. That said, there's a corking soundtrack, some gorgeously crafted cinematography, costumes, sets and scenes.

Worthy more than worthwhile, interesting more than entertaining and dazzling rather than dramatic. Still, good to see Leo stretching his acting chops. With this and his role in Tarantino's 'Django', he's delving into some more complex and not altogether heroic characters. Here's looking forward to 'The Wolf of Wall Street.' As for Baz Luhrmann's direction? Thankfully, he's leaning here a lot more towards 'Moulin Rouge' abd 'Romeo + Juliet' than the horrible 'Australia.'

'Gatsby' may not be great - but hats off to Baz for trying and producing this dazzling spectacle that never fails to engage. Looks good in 3D too.


The Great-ish Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Great indulgence and prosperity of all time, with everything in excess, set in the rawing 20's, based on the novel written in 1925. Wonderfully colourful both visually and verbally, and loved the pretence of the character Gatsby, more like a child than a man in my opinion of the film. Not giving any spoilers, its a great watch with fantastic music throughout (I suggest buying the score), however DiCaprio always seems to be in the same sort of role. Like a mix of 'Ganster Squad' and 'The Talented Mr Ripley'

Genre : retro, action, drama, love

4/5 : not really my sorta film old sport, but I enjoyed it, even at nearly 2 1/2hrs long!


Doesn't hit the mark

I felt this always threatened to be a lot better. But repetition, some poxy CGI backdrops, and a lack of subtlety means the dots didn't join up for me. But, it's not all bad - Di Caprio is brilliant, and its as stylish and visually energetic as you'd expect from Luhrmann.