Michael's Review of The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby(2013)
Baz Luhrmann possesses a style all his own, which can be seen in all of his films. This style loves to depict huge fun parties and grandiose scenes that give a larger than life feel. Some may experience this as a negative and that it steals from the story and interaction of characters, but I found that it helped personally. Especially when we discover Gatsby's true intention for all the parties and the piles upon piles of material things that he has acquired by mysterious means. DiCaprio portrays Gatsby fabulously here, with such suave confidence and yet an insecurity when it comes to the thing that matters most to him. Having not read the book, I can't speak to its theme or quality compared to this film, but I can speak for myself and say that I enjoyed all the pomp and circumstance the film brought to screen while hiding in its core, a movie about love, dreams, and the past, which are three things that equally haunt and inspire all human beings.