The Great Gatsby Movie Review
I’m really struggling to write this review. I keep starting it, then abandoning it and then coming back and starting it in a completely different way.
If this were a page in my notebook it would look like this
one of the great American novels of the 20th century The Great Gatsby has received mixed reviews in the US
This film is as brash and bold as one of Gatsby’s parties!
I think the problem is that because I feel so special to have been invited to a preview screening, I’m trying to write a review in the style of other movie reviews I’ve read, because I feel like that’s what you will want to read. But I guess if you’re here, you want to hear what I think, not what I think you want.
I’m a huge fan of Baz Luhrmann’s movies. I enjoy a nice period drama as much as the next person, but I like that his style is irreverent, loud and brash and The Great Gatsby did not disappoint in that sense. The movie is as bombastic as one of Gatsby’s parties!
Everything about this movie is beautiful. The main cast members are beautiful, the sets are beautiful and the costumes are beautiful. In fact the whole thing is so stunning that even if the main characters just stood and smiled for 2 hours, there would be those who would declare it a success! I think the cast have been well chosen. Perhaps not altogether consistent with their descriptions in the book, but they work well as far as concerns the story and the look that Luhrmann has created. Carey Mulligan is fragile and magnetic as Daisy and Joel Edgerton makes for a brooding and powerful Tom. Leonardo Di Caprio is an inspired choice for Gatsby, he is instantly likeable, cool and mysterious. Unfortunately, the omission of certain scenes limits how well Di Caprio can show the different facets of the character’s personality.
Despite being over two hours long, there is no time for subtlety and the pace of the movie is sometimes a little ‘choppy’. As the story jumps from location to location, there’s little time for great acting; but when the pace slows there are some incredible moments.
I had heard the movie criticised for it’s use of modern music, but personally I think the soundtrack is one of the film’s great triumphs. The use of current music brings home the aspects of the story that are still relevant today: the divide between rich and poor, corruption, excess and the inevitable end of a lavish lifestyle, obtained by questionable means.
All in all, I think this movie is definitely one to watch on the big screen. Don’t wait until it comes out on DVD as the 3D is expertly placed and the colour, sparkle and madness is simply exhilarating!
Go to see The Great Gatsby with a mind ready to criticise and compare and you will find plenty to disappoint you, but go with an open mind, ready to accept a new story with bright lights and lavish scenes and you will be glad you did.