Wednesday, June 5, 2013
by: Ryan Grudinski
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the greatest books ever written. The book has been in existence since 1925. The ideas found in the bindings of Fitzgerald's 192 page novel are not new, in fact that are very old. So when such an old piece of work is adapted for the screen In my opinion there needs to be something brought to it that sets it apart in a positive way from the original source material. Luhrmann does indeed bring out his own style and flair in his film adaptation of the classic novel, but it really doesn't stand out as anything profound, moving, or special. I'm a bit ignorant to his style, but from what I gather from this film he likes to use a lot of unnecessary slow motion, as well as giant pull back shots. Aside from a great performance (as usual) from Leonardo DiCaprio and some nicely juxtaposed hip-hop music throughout, there isn't really anything interesting, new, or worth your time that you wouldn't already find in Fitzgerald's work. If you are looking for a great experience, pick up a copy of The Great Gatsby on softcover from Amazon.com. Trust me, the book is a much more rewarding experience in this case.
Technical: I'm new to Luhrmann, but so far I don't like what I see.
X-Factors: Leonardo DiCaprio's performance as Jay Gatsby as well as the soundtrack.
Verdict: ** 1/2
Will This Movie end up in my collection? Nope.