The Great Gatsby
Posted May 10, 2013 by Nick Rodriguez in
What We Liked:Stand out performances, 3D actually worth it
What We Disliked:Slow plot moments
DiCaprio gives a stunning performance as Gatsby.
Typically, movie reviews talk about the plot development of a film. This however is The Great Gatsby. This is a great American novel that most of us were forced to read as we went though school. I’ll be honest, I never read the book, but did read the cliff notes, so I knew the fate of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his lover Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan). Most movie goers will know how this film ends. There is no reason to talk much about plot summary. However, there is a lot of talk about in Baz Luhrmann’s modern retelling of this story.
Let me start by saying I think this is going to be the most talked about film of the summer. It is not your typical popcorn summer movie. One of the first things that I began to understand about this film is that it really is able to reach all audiences that are watching. Everyone will find something to love about this film.
Once the dialog of this film starts and Nick Carraway (Toby McGuire) starts leading us into the story of Gatsby, you’re hit with something you don’t expect: modern Hip Hop music. Gatsby throws wild and amazing parties that are fun to watch for their own sake. I was immediately thrown out of the 1920’s while listening to Jay-Z. At first I was extremely bothered by this because—we’re in the 1920’s! However, I quickly understood this was director Baz Luhrmann’s way to bring more grandeur to the screen. Keeping with music of the time wouldn’t have been able to make Gatsby look like the truly extraordinary character that he is in this modern time. This part of the movie for me by the end of the film fades away.
One of the faults of Gatsby as written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is that there is not a whole lot of drama to be had. There are quite a few slow plot moments in the film. However, Baz Luhrmann manages to make set piece moments that will leave you at the edge of your seat with your heart racing. This is all brought on by DiCaprio’s performance; he is simply stunning playing Gatsby in this film. Toby Maguire and Carey Mulligan also help anchor the film as well.
I have to mention the 3D here as well. A lot of people will skip this because really, how could The Great Gatsby be helped by 3D? However, I felt the effect was extremely well done. This is one of the films that was created in 3D so there are no bad conversions here. The film can do without it, however there is a lot that is added by the 3D. There are moments when the actual text from the book is displayed on screen, and the 3D helps the text stay above what is actually happening on screen. If you have a chance to see this in 3D, I actually recommend it. As you might be able to tell, I highly recommend this film as a whole. I think it’s the first must see this summer!