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Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby"

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Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton.

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Baz is one of my favorite directors! Loved the trailer, and can't wait to see it on big screen in 3d.
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Baz is one of my least favorite directors. Yet, I love most of the actors. May have to wait for BD.
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Damn it lwright, I thought the coast was clear. I did a search on this forum and nothing came up for the great gatsby and also when you start a new thread it will display if there's another similar thread already up but nothing came up so I posted the trailer and sure enough he beat me to the punch again.
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Nice try Zoey. Although, the search engine with the current AVS forum software is less than stellar and didn't help you any. Using the Google search at top is better. AVS will be moving to a new platform soon and the search engine should be better.

larry
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Nice try Zoey. Although, the search engine with the current AVS forum software is less than stellar and didn't help you any. Using the Google search at top is better. AVS will be moving to a new platform soon and the search engine should be better.

larry

Ok GTK but usually if I start a new thread and if there's any existing thread with any of the words that match my title it will pop up several of those existing threads to alert me there's one up but lately that feature doesn't seem to work anymore either so IDK.
post #7 of 34
This movie is absolute crap wrapped in glitter. Baz spends all of his efforts in coming up with new ways to make the era the film takes place in as unrecognizable as possible. Some of the performances were okay, but forgettable. Mind you, I wish I could forget Toby's lame delivery of Carraway. I'll never watch this again. EVER!
post #8 of 34
People involved with this have been relentlessly flogging this for some time. I think they smell the blood in the water.
post #9 of 34
A visual masterpiece and great 3D. Reminiscent of "Moulin Rouge". The story is what it is- "The Great Gatsby". My wife, I and my son enjoyed it.
Edited by Bill - 5/14/13 at 9:47pm
post #10 of 34
I'm not sure I'll really like it, but I like Leonardo DiCaprio a lot, plus Luhrmann's flamboyant style and the very charming female leads wink.gif, I still expect a good experience... smile.gif I'm seeing it next weekend.
post #11 of 34
As much as I loved Moulin Rouge, I can't get enthused about this movie.

The story has zippo appeal to me.
70 years ago it might have been relevant to the culture.
However, in this 21st century, it's just not capturing my imagination.
I'll wait for the BD.
post #12 of 34
Same here, damn oink we must be born in the same year or something. After the mesmerizing performance of Calvin Candie, I see this and does nothing for me. To me it's just all showing off visualswhat the Dir can do.
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This movie is absolute crap wrapped in glitter. Baz spends all of his efforts in coming up with new ways to make the era the film takes place in as unrecognizable as possible. Some of the performances were okay, but forgettable. Mind you, I wish I could forget Toby's lame delivery of Carraway. I'll never watch this again. EVER!

Ditto. The book sold poorly at the time it was published in 1925 and didn't get popular until World War 2. Why schools offer it up as part of their curriculum is beyond me. Sure, it tells a story but after watching Baz's interpretation, I had zero sympathy for any of the characters except Myrtle's husband, George. Even Nick, played by Tobey Maguire, garnered no sympathy as he pretty much didn't have the common sense to leave well enough alone. The music was horrendous. I hate how Baz tries to infuse current musical trends with period music to achieve a retro style. Just a cheap way to update for today's youth who could give a rip (saw one high school couple in the theater.) Some great imagery from time to time but that's about it.
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F_ck Gatsby, here is the part Leo was born to play:


post #15 of 34
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I'm not sure I'll really like it, but I like Leonardo DiCaprio a lot, plus Luhrmann's flamboyant style and the very charming female leads wink.gif, I still expect a good experience... smile.gif I'm seeing it next weekend.

Have you seen The Great Gatsby yet? I saw it in the theater and really liked it, 8 Stars out of 10. As is true of all Baz Luhrmann's work, the film was a visual feast. I thought DiCaprio was wonderful as Gatsby. I wasn't as deeply impressed by Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, as Nick and Daisy. I did really like Joel Edgerton as the brutish Tom Buchanan, though. Will be interested to hear your thoughts on the film.

I had never seen the young, tall, and beautiful Elizabeth Debicki before but was very impressed by her performance as the socialite, Jordan Baker. Luhrmann really has an eye for beautiful women.

I love F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel upon which the film was based but agree that Luhrmann's film probably has a whole less relevance for his 2013 viewers that Fitzgerald's novel did for his 1925 readers. Anyway, the combination of Luhrmann's remarkably faithful retelling of Fitzgerald's story, coupled with his ability to put beautiful, arresting, images on film, made for a first class entertainment, for me at least.
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Have you seen The Great Gatsby yet? I saw it in the theater and really liked it, 8 Stars out of 10. As is true of all Baz Luhrmann's work, the film was a visual feast. I thought DiCaprio was wonderful as Gatsby. I wasn't as deeply impressed by Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, as Nick and Daisy. I did really like Joel Edgerton as the brutish Tom Buchanan, though. Will be interested to hear your thoughts on the film.

Unfortunately I haven't seen it yet. Hopefully by next weekend I'll post a few comments... If I'm lucky I should be able to go some time this week if work doesn't get too much in the way. smile.gif
post #17 of 34
I have seen this film twice in theaters and loved it. I liked the use of modern music in the film which gave it a modern feel. I would never have thought that "Back to Black" or "No Church in the Wild" could have worked in a film set in the 1920s but they did. I thought Leonardo was perfect as Gatsby, the scene where he tells Nick how everything he has done was for Daisy as his eyes fill with tears is wonderful.I also enjoyed Joel Edgerton who I'm seeing for the first time.
post #18 of 34
dug this. coolio styling, decent pacing and bangin music. just what the ADD ordered.
post #19 of 34
Just saw this one on BD and both I and the missus absolutely loved it. In my movie watching experience, Baz Luhrman creates the most beautiful images on screen, and this movie is perhaps his best effort. This is a tragic love story at its core, and I did not mind the juxtaposition of the roaring twenties imagery with hard hitting pop and hip-hop score. for me it was like a graphic novel brought to life, a la Frank Miller's [Zach Snyder's] Sin City. The period and the music did not necessarily have to match. For me, it was a [love] story set in the shiniest, prettiest, most perfect fantasy world. I wish I had seen this movie on the big screen with the best projection. I will buy the BD to join the very select few movies that merit a purchase for me.

8.5/10.
post #20 of 34
The use of modern day music made no sense whatsoever, and I thought cheapened the movie. It yanked me out of the scenes and left me shaking my head.

I have little memory of the one made with Redford, and while I think the story is a good one, I found this to be just okay.

I don't understand the Hollywood love affair with Tobey Maguire or Matthew Broderick. They almost always seem to be the weak link in any movie they appear in, IMO. They have very little acting range; they seldom fit the part, and unfortunately, don't have the voice to project much of anything. But, Elizabeth Debicki did get my attention. Expect to see more of her in the future.
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Just saw this one on BD and both I and the missus absolutely loved it. In my movie watching experience, Baz Luhrman creates the most beautiful images on screen, and this movie is perhaps his best effort. This is a tragic love story at its core, and I did not mind the juxtaposition of the roaring twenties imagery with hard hitting pop and hip-hop score. for me it was like a graphic novel brought to life, a la Frank Miller's [Zach Snyder's] Sin City. The period and the music did not necessarily have to match. For me, it was a [love] story set in the shiniest, prettiest, most perfect fantasy world. I wish I had seen this movie on the big screen with the best projection. I will buy the BD to join the very select few movies that merit a purchase for me.

8.5/10.

Glad you liked it as much as I did. Not only did we get to enjoy Luhrmann's beautiful and exciting filmmaking, we got a film version of The Great Gatsby that, to my mind at least, served F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece better than any other film based on that great book.
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Just saw this one on BD and both I and the missus absolutely loved it. In my movie watching experience, Baz Luhrman creates the most beautiful images on screen, and this movie is perhaps his best effort. This is a tragic love story at its core, and I did not mind the juxtaposition of the roaring twenties imagery with hard hitting pop and hip-hop score. for me it was like a graphic novel brought to life, a la Frank Miller's [Zach Snyder's] Sin City. The period and the music did not necessarily have to match. For me, it was a [love] story set in the shiniest, prettiest, most perfect fantasy world. I wish I had seen this movie on the big screen with the best projection. I will buy the BD to join the very select few movies that merit a purchase for me.

8.5/10.
I was able to see this in 3D with really good projection and I have to say that Baz truly uses 3D as an artistic tool. 2D is ok too, I bought it on blu when it came out Glad you liked the movie.
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Glad you liked it as much as I did. Not only did we get to enjoy Luhrmann's beautiful and exciting filmmaking, we got a film version of The Great Gatsby that, to my mind at least, served F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece better than any other film based on that great book.
I can't believe it....but you've talked me into putting this movie in my queue.wink.gif
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I can't believe it....but you've talked me into putting this movie in my queue.wink.gif

My money says you'll be sorry. When you see the 20s dance scenes being performed to hip-hop music in addition to the weak Tobey Maguire, you'll be scrambling for the eject button. As you have been know to say: you've been warned. tongue.gifbiggrin.gif
Edited by Aliens - 4/15/14 at 11:19am
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My money says you'll be sorry. When you see the 20s dance scenes being performed to hip-hop music,
WHAAAAAAA?eek.gifeek.gif
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I can't believe it....but you've talked me into putting this movie in my queue.wink.gif

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My money says you'll be sorry. When you see the 20s dance scenes being performed to hip-hop music, in addition to the weak Tobey Maguire, you'll be scrambling for the eject button. As you have been know to say: you've been warned. tongue.gifbiggrin.gif

I can see Oink doing just that smile.gif and that's OK, because not everyone can/want to enjoy a remix of the 20s and the 2Ks. I concede that Tobey and Carey are the movie's weaknesses, but on hindsight, the other positives of the movie let me ignore the weaknesses. It didn't hurt that those two were mere beautiful props in Luhrmann's beautiful storytelling. that is pure visual poetry. I compartmentalized the weaknesses, and in turn, was able to enjoy the movie for its great story.
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I can see Oink doing just that smile.gif and that's OK, because not everyone can/want to enjoy a remix of the 20s and the 2Ks. I concede that Tobey and Carey are the movie's weaknesses, but on hindsight, the other positives of the movie let me ignore the weaknesses. It didn't hurt that those two were mere beautiful props in Luhrmann's beautiful storytelling. that is pure visual poetry. I compartmentalized the weaknesses, and in turn, was able to enjoy the movie for its great story.

I don't mean to sound overly harsh because I did enjoy Gatsby, but I don't see oink liking this one very much. It is truly a great love story. I was also introduced to the lovely newcomer, Elizabeth Debicki, who'll be seen in the 2015 - The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
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That's not being very sporting, old sport. wink.gif
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I can see Oink doing just that smile.gif and that's OK, because not everyone can/want to enjoy a remix of the 20s and the 2Ks.
I have to have some fidelity to the source material.
Rap never entered FSF's mind....I mean, never ever.

I just can't conceive of how Rap could have a connection to The Great Gatsby.confused.gif
OTOH, I loved Moulin Rouge.

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Luhrmann's beautiful storytelling. that is pure visual poetry. was able to enjoy the movie for its great story.
This, I like.wink.gif
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I have to have some fidelity to the source material.
Rap never entered FSF's mind....I mean, never ever.

I just can't conceive of how Rap could have a connection to The Great Gatsby.confused.gif
OTOH, I loved Moulin Rouge.
This, I like.wink.gif

The hip-hop/rap/pop numbers were mostly in the atmospheric soundtrack/background music, so it did not get too jarring for me. The modernity is confined to the music/soundtrack in certain parts of the story. I am almost surprised that some of its detractors did not object to the otherworldly cleanliness and glossiness of the 20s New York area. That doesn't jibe too much with the historical fact either. In fact most of the modern music is juxtaposed with visuals of the decadent parties frequented by the glitterati of New York, and the modern music was sort of a sly statement of how not much has changed in such moneyed circles after almost a hundred years. Similarly hip-hop/rap music forms the backdrop of some scenes of the squalor of the working neighborhoods. Thus, it implies that the music and people's costumes might have changed, but the decadence and superficiality of the mega-rich and the relative squalor of the working class stayed the same even after a hundred years.

BTW, how do you like Baz's other remix movie - Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with Leo and Claire Danes? I liked the modern interpretation of the evergreen love story, and did not find its setting in the modern times to be a problem. It was a fresh take on a great but familiar story.

I took Gatsby to be in the same vein - an artistic interpretation of a great love story set in the 20s.
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