Watch The Great Gatsby full movie online free – First off, I read this book while in school, and I loved it throughout the whole thing, and the movie was just as good, if not better than the book. The way they added the beyond over the top aspect made the movie so much fun to watch. It was a visually stunning masterpiece, with great effects, a great cast, and a great story behind it. My friends and I were sitting in the theater absolutely stunned by how great The acting was from everyone involved. Leonardo Dicaprio delivers a great performance as Gatsby, Tobey Maguire did great as Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan was great as Daisy Buchanan. Baz Luhrman did a great job bringing this amazing book to the big screen.
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The Great Gatsby review by Manal S. – Fitzgerald Passes It Over to Luhrmann The “Great” Great Gatsby.
It’s usually on the second viewing of any film that I turn from the innocent audience member into the scrutinizing critic. I save the first viewing for total absorption in the movie. My first viewing of The Great Gatsby was quite an euphoric experience. Nevertheless, I don’t expect everyone to love the movie the way I did because at the end of the day it’s a matter of tastes and interests. All I’m trying to do here is to give you some reasons why I think Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is an exceptional film.
Let’s start from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book. Most people have read the novel at some point in their lives. The Great Gatsby stands as a literary landmark in the history of American literature because it not only incarnates Fitzgerald’ smart and swift style but also levels harsh criticism against the American highlife in the early twentieth century and iconically presents the complexity of the human psyche. Whether you like or hate the novel, do not let your judgment transform to prejudice, because Luhrmann’s adaptation is a unique work of art that uses its literary source merely as a preliminary structure. That’s why I will not get into useless comparisons and contrasts.
The film has the unmistakable, authentic stamp of Baz Luhrmann an audio-visual feast for the senses. The extraordinarily picturesque quality of the film gives the story a visual edge that doesn’t exist in the original text. Luhrmann’s exuberant camera movements and his use of luscious colors and extravagant visual techniques create a sensuous atmosphere and succeed in conveying the lavish lifestyle of the American upper-class. Regarding the music (which I believe is not less important than direction, performance… etc.), Luhrmann follows his genius habit of mashing up modern music and customizing it to old settings. In The Great Gatsby, his musical choices are BRILLIANT in the sense that they cover a wide range of genres including jazz and hip-hop (I never thought that one project would bear the names of both Fitzgerald and Jay Z!). The songs fit the film and its themes perfectly. They also give the story human depth and help in extending the movie horizontally by relating the mad 1920s to our 21st century. Honestly, the soundtrack needs a review of its own. Having a character of their own and contributing to the significance of the story, Lurhmann’s image and music both join hands in fully engaging the audience’s senses and hearts.
Leonardo DiCaprio was outstanding! Do I need to say more? The guy never seizes to surprise me with his ever-maturing acting skills and his great selectivity (I still can’t believe he’s the same Jack Dawson I used to despise). Not many actors are capable of choosing their roles that wisely. In the film, DiCaprio breathes life into Fitzgerald’s tragic hero and manages to capture all his charm and misery. Similarly, Joel Edgerton stands out as the oppressively dominating Tom Buchanan. As for Carey Mulligan (playing Daisy), I do believe she is a beautiful and talented actress; however, I don’t think she was the right one for the role. She shows an overacted emotional involvement that contradicts with her character’s deeds. The rest of the cast were definitely lovely.
Back to Luhrmann, I believe that he deserves more credit for his bold choices and his ability to defy all the snobbish voices that frown upon modern adaptations of canonical literary works. His first adaptation, Romeo+Juliet, made his point clear. His second, The Great Gatsby, sets his own cult.
Again, I don’t expect anyone to love the film the way I did. But for me, a good film is the one that makes you hate going back to reality after watching it… the one that makes you wish it lasted a bit longer. Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is definitely one.
The Great Gatsby review by k-howitt99 – disappointing
The newest adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s vastly well known novel, is directed by Baz Luhrmann, staring Leonardo DI Caprio as Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as daisy and Tobey Maguire as nick caraway.
Most people will know the plot but for those that don’t…..Nick caraway moves to new york trying to become a stockbroker in the mid 1920’s but instead of working finds himself caught up alcohol fueled parties that were rife in the city. He moves into his modest apartment next to a huge mansion, who he is told belongs to the mysterious Gatsby. Gatsby throws huge parties often for the general public to enjoy, Nick attends one of these parties and ends up befriending Gatsby. As their friendship grows, Gatsby becomes more trusting in Nick and asks if he can invite his cousin daisy Buchanan round for tea, so he can “bump”into her. It turns out that the married Daisy and the the rather unknown Gatsby fell in love when they were young and have held a candle for each other ever since. The question is does it do justice to the book?
The answer unfortunately is a resounding no! i have seen this film 4 or 5 times and each time my dislike of it has grown. It’s hard to know where to start with this film, there are so many negative views I have on it. The film is made with huge house, big parties and fancy clothing, in true baz Luhrmann style that is all the substance you get. Carey mulligan is mind numbingly boring as daisy and not interesting at all. However the performance i have the biggest problem with is Tobey Maguire who narrates the story and it is seen through his eyes, i spent the entire film wanting to knock him out as i felt he was nothing more than a “scrape” and a bit annoying. There is no sense of the time period at all, with a bizarre modern day soundtrack booms out, which are good songs but not for The Great Gatsby, this makes the film feel like it is set in a club in the 21st century. Luhrmann goes for deeply emotional scenes and completely fails in my opinion. The one very dimly light shining light is Di Caprio in his Disney themed mansion, who gives a performance far better than anyone else.
This fantastic piece of American literature has been attempted as a film many times and success has not really been found as of yet. This is an extremely hard book to make into a good film you can give Luhrmann that but not much else. This isn’t the worst film I have seen but because of how well known it is and expected it was, this bad piece of filmaking will never be forgotten!
The Great Gatsby review by Mek Torres – Dazzling The Tale
The Great Gatsby tells a lot of stories and gains more themes so on. This new adaptation takes a different direction and unique scale. The experience feels familiar to other Baz Luhrmann film, which means it’s quite dazzling by his fabulous style and creating an over-whimsical version of the setting. The easiest thing to say is it’s fun as a Baz Luhrmann film, but it kind of glosses over the story too much. While it’s generally stunning, it didn’t dig deeper within the context. The Great Gatsby is fascinating enough but it could have been much grander than what it was shown on screen.
The film did follow the book, it takes a lot of time exploring its setting, characters, and conflict, but explores only little on what’s beneath it. The Great Gatsby actually has something more than just romance, but the film’s storyline ambition mostly lies in there. The film mostly glosses at the points that suppose to provide more depth to the story which makes the possible satires of the period feels missing. But the film still has plenty of life. Beginning with the performances, Leonardo DiCaprio is definitely the kind of actor who can perfectly play the role and he did standout to be the better Gatsby than anyone else who portrayed the role. Tobey Maguire did what he usually do in movie but he is fine enough as Nick Carraway, same goes to Carey Mulligan as Daisy. Joel Edgerton steals all of his scenes by his intense performance as Tom Buchanan.
The direction is spectacular however. Baz Luhrmann still perfectly uses his own style to tell the story. There are many extravagantly magnificent sequences, especially the party scenes that works amazingly even in 3D. The style really shows how ambitious this film will be and it transcends the scale which makes it wholly an interesting cinematic ride. Around with visual pleasures, there’s the soundtrack and music score also keeping things groovy.
It’s hard to deny how enjoyable the experience is, but it could have also taken a higher perspective to the actual story. To be much fair, it did a remarkable job bringing it to the screen in a spectacular way with a cast who are very enthusiastic. While the visuals flare endlessly, the storytelling makes the overall film gripping. It’s somewhat disappointing how some of its morality was left as a background even though people will say it’s not necessary to take it seriously, but everyone has their own aspect on reading the book. The Great Gatsby is not as satisfying as it deserves but it manages to be incredibly eye candy and thoroughly entertaining.
The Great Gatsby review by Roland E. Zwick – A mixed bag
Attempting to adapt a literary classic like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” to the screen is always a tricky proposition. Just ask the makers of the 1974 version who got their rear ends handed to them for their efforts – by both critics and audiences alike. The risk, of course, is that devotees of the work will balk at any attempt to expand or modernize it beyond what is contained on the printed page. After all, great works of literature exist primarily in the individual’s imagination, and the way one reader envisions a particular scene or character is likely NOT how another reader – or filmmaker – sees them. The result is that literary adaptations all too often turn into stuffy affairs, with movie makers taking the safest possible approach to the material in an attempt not to offend anyone while still trying to make the piece work in an entirely different medium.
All of this is prelude to saying that when it comes to Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” regardless of how one feels about the final product, one has to at least admire the chutzpah of the effort. (His trumped-up modernized version of “Romeo and Juliet” similarly divided audiences in the 1990s).
A high school English class staple if ever there was one, the highly prescient “Gatsby,” published in 1925, is often considered to be THE archetypal novel of the Roaring ’20s, focused on the party-like decadence, conspicuous consumption and spiritual emptiness of a decade sandwiched between a Great War on one end and a Great Depression on the other. At the center of the piece stands Jay Gatsby himself, the self-made millionaire who achieves the American Dream through a combination of dreamy-eyed determination and corrupt opportunism (with much of his wealth gleaned through bootlegging and gangsterism). Yet, for all the wealth and material possessions he’s managed to accrue for himself, Gatsby (Leonardo Di Caprio) can never find true happiness until he re-connects with the girl of his dreams, Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), an alluring Southern-belle he fell in love with while still a penniless officer in the army. In the five years since their last encounter, Daisy, who is willing to go a certain distance with a fantasy romance until the going gets too tough for her, has gone on to marry the brutish womanizer Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Gatsby, in that same period, has bought a mansion across the bay from Daisy’s house, hoping against hope that she will one day wander into one of his parties and that they will be able to rekindle their love as if nothing had happened in the interim. It is to this end that he befriends his next door neighbor, Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), a naïve bondsman from the Midwest, who’s moved to New York to make his fortune on Wall Street and who also happens to be Daisy’s cousin. It is Nick who narrates the tale (in this version from a sanitarium after suffering a mental breakdown from the trauma of the events he’s witnessed), claiming to be an objective observer of what’s going on around him, but in reality casting moral judgments on the people he encounters all along the way.
It’s easy to understand why the filmmaker was drawn to the material in the first place. With its wild parties and overall air of carefree abandon, the era practically screams out for the Baz Luhrmann treatment. But does the novel? I’m not so sure. The problem is that “The Great Gatsby” is about so much more than just unrestrained partying, and the director (along with his co-writer Craig Rearce) often seems oblivious to that fact. Luhrmann typically drenches his film in all sorts of visual razzmatazz, but the result is that the movie is so over-stylized that the characters are all too often reduced to caricatures and the whole thing to the level of a cartoon. The parties themselves become out-of-control orgies as seen through the lens of Simon Duggan’s hurdy-gurdy, hyper-kinetic camera. Meanwhile most of Fitzgerald’s nuance and subtlety are wiped away in the phantasmagoria. A case in point is the first appearance of Gatsby in the story. In the novel he literally sneaks up on Nick – and us – as just another anonymous and inconspicuous party guest who engages Nick in conversation. In the movie, his entrance is greeted with a literal display of pyrotechnics. The stylization extends to the décor as well, which often reflects “Alice in Wonderland” more than 1920s Long Island. Nick looks like he lives in an enchanted forest attached to Gatsby’s mansion, which has more turrets than Blahousie Castle and manicured grounds that would put the Palace of Versaille to shame.
Viewed another way, however, Luhrmann’s approach seems to make a certain amount of sense. The grandiose, over-the-top theatricality, and stiff, yet, at the same time, over-emotive acting are aptly reflective of the silent movies of that era. It’s hard to actually evaluate the performances since the actors have clearly been instructed to ham it up as much as possible (especially Edgerton). At times, they come across as little kids engaged in dress-up and playacting. But in the context of this particular film, is that necessarily a bad thing? (I will say that Robert Redford cut a more impressive figure as Gatsby than Di Caprio does here).
And there’s one other thing that can be added to the movie’s win column: its overall manic energy, which seems a direct attempt to avoid at all costs replicating the mistakes of the heavy, inert 1974 version.
Luhrmann knows that he is treading on sacred ground here and he clearly doesn’t care. He’s going to give us “The Great Gatsby” as HE envisions it and to hell with the rest of us. In this age of artistic timidity and over-cautious commercial calculation, that attitude turns out to be both admirable and refreshing when you come to think of it.
The Great Gatsby review by GlimmerBunny – A dazzling and depressing tale
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered one of the best American novels of all time. Its themes of love, loss, obsession, friendship, greed and social status has made it a timeless classic, but the previous film adaptations have all been considered poor attempts at capturing the complexity of the novel. Baz Luhrmann’s new version has also received its fair share of criticism, but in my opinion almost all of the complaints are unwarranted. Because this movie is nothing short of a masterpiece.
The movie tells the story of how Nick Carraway gets acquainted with his neighbor in West Egg, Long Island; the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. Opposite the bay lives Nick’s socialite cousin Daisy Buchanan with her husband Tom. Soon Nick finds out that Gatsby and Daisy used to know each other when they were younger, and that their relationship is far from over.
The first half of the movie is a bit duller than the second and makes the movie seem shallower than it really is. Many of the criticisms the movie has gotten has been that the director has prioritized style over substance. But while the movie indeed is beautiful (more on that later) it is also complex and emotional, and from when the movie picks up (I’d say this is when Gatsby and Daisy first meet at Nick’s tea party) and onwards it’s a near-perfect film. Stand-out scenes include the tour of Gatsby’s house, the flashbacks to his youth, the confrontation between him and Tom in New York and the final pool scene.
No other actor could have portrayed the elusive Jay Gatsby as well as Leonardo DiCaprio. Every single one of his personality traits, from the romantic idealism to the self-doubt, is apparent in his amazing but subtle performance. He is the core of the movie and all scenes without him feel lacking. Carey Mulligan’s daisy is a more complicated performance to judge. On one hand she truly is lovely and the audience immediately sees why Gatsby is in love with her. But at the end of the day Daisy is such an unlikeable character that not even Mulligan’s natural likability can make the audience sympathize with her. Joel Edgerton as her husband is, on the other hand, pure perfection. His menacing but nuanced portrayal of Tom is second only to DiCaprio in terms of skill. The worst casting in the film is Tobey Maguire as the narrator Nick. He is wooden, uninteresting and has no chemistry with Elizabeth Debicki(who plays his love interest Jordan). Only in scenes with Gatsby is Nick an even vaguely interesting character, and this is undoubtedly due to the fact that DiCaprio is strong enough to carry both of them.
Ever since I read the novel I have been aware of the depressing message that the story conveys. But while both the novel and the 70’s film version are sad, they aren’t even half as heart-breaking as this movie. Many will relate to the story of Gatsby, a man desperate to” fix things just the way they were” and realize with him that it just isn’t possible. It’s a gloomy realization but a good one nevertheless. Yong people especially will benefit from understanding that no matter how hard you work for something there is no guarantee that you will get it. But all of the messages in the story aren’t depressing. One can also relate to the “extraordinary sense of hope” that Nick describes Gatsby as having and see him as an inspiration to never give up.
Visually the movie is impressive. The costumes, sets and special effects are dazzling, and since the soundtrack is modernized it was a smart move by Luhrmann and production/costume designer Catherine Martin to keep the rest of the film period-accurate. The 3D-effects however are pretty but forgettable and add nothing to the movie. Just like everybody else I was skeptical when I heard that Luhrmann had hired Jay-Z to helm the soundtrack and meant to include hip-hop and rap music. My suspicions turned out to be completely unnecessary. The modern music works very well (especially during the party scenes) and doesn’t even include many hip-hop tracks. Variations of Lana del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” is used as a “love theme” for Gatsby and Daisy and I wouldn’t be surprised if the stunning track get an Oscar nomination for “Best Original Song”. The soundtrack is actually one of the main reasons that the movie feels current and inspiring in contrast to the at times dated novel.
So no matter what critics have said I think “the Great Gatsby” is an amazing film. It tells the interesting and important story just as well as the novel, but Luhrmann has added even more glamour and excitement with his visually creative choices. That makes it not only a satisfactory adaptation of the classic novel but a completely fantastic film. Beautiful, emotional, well-acted, unique and thought-provoking it truly is one of the greatest movies I have ever seen.