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!
Reader Feedback - 17 Comments
all flash no heart!!!
Professor_Bedlam on May 10, 2013
Straw Adaption Hooper >>>>> Luhrmann
Ehsan Davodi on May 11, 2013
This film lived up to the trailers. An engaging surreal spectacle. One of Leonardo's best performances. A nice social commentary as well.
Ticketmaster on May 11, 2013
Toby McGuire's performance deserves an Oscar. While DeCaprio is an excellent actor he went a bit over the top as Gatsby. The music was certainly not appropriate for the era....and Gatsby's father did not appear at the end to attend his son's funeral. Came home put on Robert Redford's Great Gatsby and there is no comparison of the two. Redford wins hands down....or up.....
JetfireK on May 11, 2013
Didn't love it but Enjoyed it as much as I thought I would.
N. on May 11, 2013
Flashy and visually this movie was well done. The acting was also quite good, however the rap music was dismally blended into music from the 20s. This was enough of a disappointment to make me overall not enjoy the film. I'd give it two stars out of five.
Zak Kirkpatrick on May 11, 2013
Loved the movie. Thought it was amazing. Hated the end so much ill never watch it again
Alyssa on May 11, 2013
Jackmooney9 on May 11, 2013
The music did overwhelm a bit also the director used a lot of graphics which kills the mood of being the realistic setting of the 1920's and i felt like Daisy and Jordan bakers roles weren't really showed off to the best potential. The thing i really did like was that they stuck to the book which sometimes they don't follow.
Pam on May 11, 2013
I thought it was a fantastic film. Well directed, keen visuals, and a bold telling of an american classic. Anachronistic music selections were fun, and further seduced the audience. It made you feel like you wanted to live and love in the 20s. Disagree with anyone who said the film had no heart, plenty of flash in Luhrmann pics is to be expected, but it was all done in service to the story.
Kevin on May 11, 2013
We don't get this movie until next week in the UK but I can't imagine it being any more hollow or kitsch than Star Trek Into Darkness, which I saw last night.
George Caltsoudas on May 11, 2013
ID was hollow??? ;(
Sascha Dikiciyan on May 12, 2013
The movie was alright but the music sucked. Jay-Z was just trying to cut a check for his crew. Let's see... We had "No Church In The Wild" which every movie in the past 2 years has used, "Who Gon Stop Me Now", 2 Beyonce songs... one was a cover of "Crazy In Love". The music killed the experience. Everything about this movie made you feel like you were part of this time period..then here comes a Jay-Z song that clearly didn't belong there. I would understand if it was all new material that sampled music from that era... I would have even accepted it if he wouldve used music from his "American Gangster" album but everything about the score was bad.
Ind3lible on May 11, 2013
Bl00dwerK on May 11, 2013
They rushed the ending, but you know what?!?! It was better then I expected and DiCaprio's performance was brilliant.
Adam Lubicz on May 14, 2013
biggest pile of crap, DiCaprio was the only good thing in it
Felix Jones on May 18, 2013
Thought it looked pretty amazing. The story was a bit strange, but loved the visuals.
Carpola on Jun 1, 2013
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