The Great Gatsby Reviews

  • Jun 16, 2021

    A visual and story thrills ride, great cast experience. An amazing movie to let the time go away and keep your eyes and brain stimulated.

    A visual and story thrills ride, great cast experience. An amazing movie to let the time go away and keep your eyes and brain stimulated.

  • Jun 12, 2021

    This visually-striking film adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel mostly manages to stick to the novel's storyline, changing it in places for cinematic effect (the most notable change would be the character of Nick Caraway, who in the novel does not drink, yet in the film is introduced as being in an asylum for 'morbid alcoholism'). Quotes from the novel are used frequently, making the story feel more authentic. A modern flare is brought to the film through the soundtrack, which succeeds in not sounding too out of place. Unfortunately, however, the film does not manage to pack as strong of an emotional punch as it could have, seeming to rely more on visual aspects than emotional impact. Yet, with convincing performances from the whole cast, "The Great Gatsby" is still worth the watch.

    This visually-striking film adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel mostly manages to stick to the novel's storyline, changing it in places for cinematic effect (the most notable change would be the character of Nick Caraway, who in the novel does not drink, yet in the film is introduced as being in an asylum for 'morbid alcoholism'). Quotes from the novel are used frequently, making the story feel more authentic. A modern flare is brought to the film through the soundtrack, which succeeds in not sounding too out of place. Unfortunately, however, the film does not manage to pack as strong of an emotional punch as it could have, seeming to rely more on visual aspects than emotional impact. Yet, with convincing performances from the whole cast, "The Great Gatsby" is still worth the watch.

  • May 23, 2021

    Tobey. Just stop. Baz. Just stop.

    Tobey. Just stop. Baz. Just stop.

  • May 11, 2021

    It was a great film with lots of vivid imagery and drama. There were many great scenes of epic parties full of excitement.

    It was a great film with lots of vivid imagery and drama. There were many great scenes of epic parties full of excitement.

  • Apr 20, 2021

    A story of love from the roaring 20's that rings true even today. It shows love in it's many different forms and how it can drive people to create or destroy.

    A story of love from the roaring 20's that rings true even today. It shows love in it's many different forms and how it can drive people to create or destroy.

  • Mar 30, 2021

    Flamboyant and noisy, made by someone who obviously knows and loves the book. That most critics missed how good this is explains why some of us Don't pay much attention to critics.

    Flamboyant and noisy, made by someone who obviously knows and loves the book. That most critics missed how good this is explains why some of us Don't pay much attention to critics.

  • Mar 08, 2021

    A fun twist on a classic novel. I enjoyed the exposure to the corruption within old money and the volatility of new money. Would definitely recommend and watch again.

    A fun twist on a classic novel. I enjoyed the exposure to the corruption within old money and the volatility of new money. Would definitely recommend and watch again.

  • Feb 26, 2021

    Very nice looking and stylistic film. The beginning of the movie and the mystery it sets up is very engaging. The second half however, feels somewhat messy and the characters act strangely. The plot is resolved, but there is no clear message to draw from it, perhaps a more traditional ending might have helped which is of course difficult to pull off when adapting a book.

    Very nice looking and stylistic film. The beginning of the movie and the mystery it sets up is very engaging. The second half however, feels somewhat messy and the characters act strangely. The plot is resolved, but there is no clear message to draw from it, perhaps a more traditional ending might have helped which is of course difficult to pull off when adapting a book.

  • Feb 21, 2021

    This movie is a complete misfire. The use of greenscreen locations with implausible camera movements makes for a world that never feels like is based in reality. The acting comes of as expressionistic without any justification = misdirected overacting. The editing is non-stop cutting to the soundtrack that is loud and obnoxious. The pace is so fast that no scene leaves any sort of dramatic impact in order for us to care about the characters and the story. The world of the 1920's wealthy elite is glossy and shiny just to suit the upbeat ragtime and hip-hop mixtape that is the films soundtrack, it shows no insight or point about the ultra-rich and what we may have to learn from them from a century ago. It is 8 music videos with the same gimmick that are strung together with voice over that is duck-taping everything with explanatory jitter so that the audience who is half following the plot will know how every character feels at any given moment. This film is a complete dud from beginning to end.

    This movie is a complete misfire. The use of greenscreen locations with implausible camera movements makes for a world that never feels like is based in reality. The acting comes of as expressionistic without any justification = misdirected overacting. The editing is non-stop cutting to the soundtrack that is loud and obnoxious. The pace is so fast that no scene leaves any sort of dramatic impact in order for us to care about the characters and the story. The world of the 1920's wealthy elite is glossy and shiny just to suit the upbeat ragtime and hip-hop mixtape that is the films soundtrack, it shows no insight or point about the ultra-rich and what we may have to learn from them from a century ago. It is 8 music videos with the same gimmick that are strung together with voice over that is duck-taping everything with explanatory jitter so that the audience who is half following the plot will know how every character feels at any given moment. This film is a complete dud from beginning to end.

  • Feb 19, 2021

    I was looking forward to this movie because I love Robert Redford's version, but I was very disappointed. Leo DiCaprio is no Redford. He makes the character of Gatsby seem so fake, contrived and artificial. I've always seen Gatsby as the earnest, pure soul who is a contrast to all the artifice around him. But Leo could not evoke that. There seemed to be nothing beneathed his veneer. Rather than portraying Gatsby as one who created the glitz but had more substance, Leo's Gatsby had nothing substantial about him. The rap music was jarring and made a mockery of the era. The directing was too melodramatic at the crisis points and climax, which took away from the emotional impact instead of adding to it, with all the slow motion, close-ups and other ridiculousness. The woman playing Daisy was a laughable miscast who didn't not seem worth of captivating Gatsby. Tobey Maguire was good though.

    I was looking forward to this movie because I love Robert Redford's version, but I was very disappointed. Leo DiCaprio is no Redford. He makes the character of Gatsby seem so fake, contrived and artificial. I've always seen Gatsby as the earnest, pure soul who is a contrast to all the artifice around him. But Leo could not evoke that. There seemed to be nothing beneathed his veneer. Rather than portraying Gatsby as one who created the glitz but had more substance, Leo's Gatsby had nothing substantial about him. The rap music was jarring and made a mockery of the era. The directing was too melodramatic at the crisis points and climax, which took away from the emotional impact instead of adding to it, with all the slow motion, close-ups and other ridiculousness. The woman playing Daisy was a laughable miscast who didn't not seem worth of captivating Gatsby. Tobey Maguire was good though.