Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

The Great Gatsby (2013)

Directed by Baz Luhrmann

Starring Lisa Adam, Frank Aldridge, Amitabh Bachchan, Steve Bisley


Wonderful period acting and dialogue and costumes, along with bold, wide effects that showcase 1920’s New York, provide rich fabric for the story. Unfortunately, every few minutes, Luhrmann’s anachronistic dance-beat musical choices take me out of the moment.

It’s fun to watch, but things move slowly and the story never picks up a whole lot of dramatic momentum. DiCaprio and Maguire are pretty good, if not a bit restricted by faithful adherence to the novel.

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