THE GREAT GATSBY
FEATURING: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke,
DIRECTOR: Baz Luhrmann
COUNTRY: Australia / USA
SYNOPSIS: A young man from the Midwest is lured into the lavish lifestyle of his wealthy neighbor during the roaring twenties.
RUNNING TIME: 142 Mins
THE GOOD: Baz Luhrmann restrains himself; allowing the audience to have a more enjoyable movie going experience. You won’t feel dizzy like you did when you saw
MOULIN ROUGE! And you won’t feel confused like you did when you saw ROMEO + JULIET.
Leonardo DiCaprio, just like Robert Redford, has the presence and star quality that the role requires. Yes, your panties will be wet within seconds. He will be the reason why you spend most of your rent money on a single movie ticket.
THE BAD: Visually stunning, the film’s sparkle detracts from the story; emphasizing all the holes and gaps that make you question its believability.
With Jay-Z as one of the film’s producers, it should be no surprise that the film’s soundtrack is composed mostly of Jay-Z and Beyonce songs. It just seems a little uneven and a little tacky.
And is it me? Or is Tobey Maguire just plain annoying?
THE UGLY: Originally scheduled for release last year, this film was shelved for six months over the fear that it would get lost in all the competition.
(3 OUT OF 5 STARS)