I only saw this movie, because it was the biggest film of 2012, so this review will reflect that. Superheroes really aren't my thing. I haven't read comic books, watched tv shows, etc. The only superhero films I've ever seen are Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and the recent Thor film. Thank goodness I saw that Thor movie, or I would've had no clue what was happening in The Avengers. None at all. I still really didn't understand the plot of this movie, because I haven't seen all of the other superhero films (Thor was probably over a year ago so it was very fuzzy in my mind). The bits I did get were from Thor and from me constantly rewinding it and turning on the subtitles so I could try to follow it. Even though it was hit film, I wouldn't recommend seeing it unless you are into superheroes and have seen the other films. The graphics were amazing, the plot not so much. I can see how people could be really into this movie. It would probably be very, very good if you have that superhero background knowledge. I, unfortunately, did not.
Amazing performances and a storyline that keeps you engaged. The ending was a bit weird and escalated but ultimately satisfying. It was a little too bloody for my taste, though. I've never shot anyone, but I doubt when you do shoot a person, a big fountain of blood shoots up out of them at least two feet high. Just not my favorite genre, I guess.
I don't know what to say about this one. I'm not sure if I disliked or liked it. I guess I liked it. The visuals were amazing, and you could tell it was shot with a special 3D camera rather than being converted into 3D in post-production. The acting was all up to par. The plot followed the book pretty closely, though there were some differences I couldn't get over. And, although it's a longer film, the plot actually seemed really rushed in between elaborate party shots. The modern music actually didn't bother me, and I wouldn't have noticed its use if people weren't creating a fuss about it.
Now comes the part of the review that I point out differences in the book and this film I couldn't get over.
Firstly, most importantly, I had an issue liking Gatsby in this movie. He just came off as obsessive and crazy. In the book, he seems much more sympathetic and at least I felt bad for him when he died. In this film, I don't know why they took the angle that he was the "son of God" and like destined for greatness from God. It was a bit weird. Also, he didn't come of as very romantic in this film. It just seemed like he was an older, creepy stalker pushing Daisy into liking him and wanting to marry him.
Secondly, and lastly, I didn't like how they handled Daisy's daughter in this film. In the book, she appears before they leave for town. This way, Gatsby meets her. It states that he was taken aback and didn't believe she existed (it sort of hinders his fairytale). In the movie, Daisy randomly mentions her daughter once, and Gatsby never meets her. Gatsby keeps talking about how they're going to run away and everything will be just like before; I was just sitting "yeah, what about her kid?" At least they did put her daughter in the at very end standing there with them, so she does eventually make an appearance. I'll give them credit for that.
All in all, yes, I enjoyed it. My main issue was with a rushed plot and that Gatsby wasn't likeable. However, it was still a good film, and I would recommend seeing it.
It wasn't as nearly as thrilling as the first one. The ending was a bit corny (as were some other parts too); I sat there thinking "really??" But it was entertaining and at least this movie didn't feel like it was dragging on. It actually felt short.