Sound Off: Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
May 10, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? F. Scott Fitzgerald. The roaring '20s. Daisy, Nick and Jay Gatsby. It's a story every knows, and has been adapted before, but can Baz Luhrmann revamp it with a little bit of gloss and glamour? Or maybe a lot of gloss and glamour, but exactly the kind this needs. Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby adaptation is now playing in theaters, starring Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton & Elizabeth Debicki. But is it any good? How are the performances? The music? If you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Baz's The Great Gatsby.
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To fuel the fire, I thoroughly enjoyed Baz's The Great Gatsby, I think it's a good movie but not remarkable. I wasn't too sure what to expect for a 143 minute drama beyond a big, sweeping story of romance and that's exactly what Luhrmann delivered. I love his visuals, I love the way he takes us on a true cinematic journey into this world, where we get a greater sense of the characters and how they're living. I also enjoyed the music he chose and how it was integrated, I never had any problems with Jay-Z or Lana Del Ray being used in the 20's, because Baz is great at setting up an experience that transcends more than just script and story. That said, my take away from the end was that love hurts and our romantic desires make us do crazy things.
What did you think of Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby? A fantastic adaptation or glossy mess? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!