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BayouBandit24
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I was like 14 so that doesn't mean much


At 14 is does kind of blow, I would guess that you would like it now because of perspective and life experiences.


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iwyLSUiwy
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I actually like Leo.....and I'm not afraid to say it. Like him or not, the dude can act.


There's no need to be. I almost feel like you're gay if you DON'T like Leo.


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ShermanTxTiger
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Just got back from Gatsby. Thought it was phenomenal. Admittedly one of my favorite books, but movie was beautiful, acting was great. Leo played Gatsby fantastically.


Great adaptation.. The acting was good but the cinematography was crazy good. The party scenes were awesome as was the portrayal of life in the Summer with no AC. If you like the book see it. If the book does nothing for you dont waste your $ or your time. If you have not read the book... check it out.


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johnnydrama
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I'll never understand how people get disappointed if there aren't breasts in movie/TV shows. If you're that in need of seeing them, go watch some porn or something.

BRB


wpsnickers
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Just got back from Gatsby. Thought it was phenomenal. Admittedly one of my favorite books, but movie was beautiful, acting was great. Leo played Gatsby fantastically.


Disagree with this statement. Cinematography was really good, but the Redford movie was so much better. Seemed drawn out at the end, and did not flow well. Not the worst movie in the world, and think rotten tomatoes 47% review is spot on.


josh336
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As someone who loves Leo as an actor, but didnt read this book, is it worth a watch in theatres?


Jamohn
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Yeah. It's worth a watch. Just temper your expectations.


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AmosMosesAndTwins
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We'll see. Don't like seeing rap music in a movie about the 1920s.


I generally agree, but sometimes that out of period stuff works. 100 black coffins in Django Unchained was awesome.


Matisyeezy
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I generally agree, but sometimes that out of period stuff works. 100 black coffins in Django Unchained was awesome


That is a great example of it NOT working. Song is just atrocious, and I actually don't mind Rick Ross.

And a sub-50% showing on RT is absolutely my definition of getting hammered. That 30-55% range generally means a film is virtually unwatchable. Lower than that it can be enjoyable because it's laughably bad, higher than that it's probably not bad.


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WDE85
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From the reviews it sounds horrible. I'll still go, but I'm glad my expectations are not high.


GoCrazyAuburn
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The viewer reviews are pretty good. I disagree with most critic reviews anyways.


tylerdurden24
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Saw it last night. It was meh, and as expected there was a huge contingent of high school/college girls who all left the theater stary-eyed and dreaming of being Daisy.

I was only really irked by:

a.) this weird push Luhrmann had for injecting race relations into the story. Sure, Tom is a bigot and says bigoted things but that doesn't need expounding on. Everyone in the audience already hated the guy because of his opposition to black people of privilege.

b.) Nick Carraway is the NARRATOR of the story, not the actual WRITER. Transforming Carraway from the clean-as-a-whistle Yale grad who gave up his dream of writing to the alcoholic who can't sleep for days until he gets every word (literally, words being typed out on the screen) of The Great Gatsby down. Seemed cliche and gimmicky, not to mention unnecessary.

Otherwise it wasn't a bad movie. Kind of like seeing Les Mis: I guess it was worth seeing it the one time in the theater for the spectacle, but it's nothing that will stick with me.


GoCrazyAuburn
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a.) this weird push Luhrmann had for injecting race relations into the story. Sure, Tom is a bigot and says bigoted things but that doesn't need expounding on. Everyone in the audience already hated the guy because of his opposition to black people of privilege.


Don't understand this complaint. He is a racist, and is a racist throughout the book. Why would they not portray him as such? Some of the audience hasn't read the book, so they do not know.

The second complaint is valid, though I didn't mind it. Just a different way to show the true impact the story had on Nick, and helps reiterate the parallels between Gatsby's death and the stock crash.


tylerdurden24
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Don't understand this complaint. He is a racist, and is a racist throughout the book. Why would they not portray him as such? Some of the audience hasn't read the book, so they do not know.


No, what I'm saying is that Tom is an overt racist and his lines SHOULD be left intact. But it seemed that after Tom spewed his vile, Luhrmann felt the need to then include a car full of black people with a white driver as if to say, "But I don't agree with Buchanan, I love black people, and - here - I'll play some Jay-Z, too."

Not to mention the casting of Amitabh Bachchan as the ultra-Jewish Meyer Wolfsheim was a bizarre choice and feels like as if he is again saying, "I'm not a racist director because I didn't cast a Jewish-looking actor to play a stereotypical Jewish character."

It's not a big deal, but it was annoying because it felt like needless preaching; we're a 21st century audience. The minority of viewers are going to watch it, hear Buchanan's lines, and assume that Buchanan speaks for everyone involved with the film. He's the bad guy, he says bad things.
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TigerMyth36
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Baz Luhrmann is the worst candidate alive for making a Gatsby movie.
Uwe Bol thanks you.


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GoCrazyAuburn
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Oh, I gotcha. Though, the scene with the black people in the car, on the bridge, was in the book as well iirc. Well, minus the jay z


The Wolfsheim choice was odd, I'll give you that.
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lsunurse
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I liked the movie. But I'm a huge fan of Baz Luhrmann movies.

I need to retread the book now cause its been so long.


Noticed a lot of people going to this movie last night dressed up as flapper girls. I don't see how any girl would come out of watching that movie wanting to be Daisy when it's very clear what a heartless bitch she really is by the end of the movie.


joshnorris14
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I don't see how any girl would come out of watching that movie wanting to be Daisy when it's very clear what a heartless bitch she really is by the end of the movie.


This is my exact thought after seeing the movie

She was a massive pussy.


tylerdurden24
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This is my exact thought after seeing the movie

She was a massive pussy.


As someone who teaches Lit for a living, I really feel like this is a book that should be read in high school simply to be familiar with the text, and then re-read at the end of college or in your late twenties.

High school students see the glitz and glamor and fall in love with it because it purveys the americanistic, commercialized tragedy they find so romantic.

Fast forward when you have a bit more perspective on life, the book becomes a simple warning against letting the American Dream override you with greed and desire. Gatsby has a little-dick complex, Tom Buchanan has a big-dick complex, Jordan Baker is just a bitch, Nick Carraway is a judgemental pussy, and Daisy is a "pretty little fool." There's not a redeemable character in the book because they have all poisoned themselves with entitlement.

ETA - And FWIW I think it's a great novel. It just concerns a social commentary that younger audiences can't be as aware of due to lack of perspective.
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GoCrazyAuburn
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Couldn't agree more.


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