This week we are reviewing The Great Gatsby which is brought to the big screen by Baz Luhrmann who also directed Romeo + Juliet as well as Moulin Rouge. It is based on the book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The movie will open this Friday, May 10th starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Joel Edgerton. I saw it yesterday in 3D and I had not read the book so I didn’t know what to expect. It is set in the era of the roaring twenties in New York City and Long Island and it is visually entertaining. Luhrmann found a way of combining sounds of the twenties with those of today.

It explores the lifestyles of the twenties prior to the stock market crash and the great depression where excess seemed to be trend. Behind all that, there is a love story and some funny moments. The costumes were colorful and stylish. The actors’ performances were great and it was very interesting. It got a bit slow in some parts (the film lasts 143 minutes) and I think it could’ve been accomplished with about 120 minutes at least.

Overall, the film was interesting, entertaining, a few laughs, a love story, but a bit sad. My daughter found it a little depressing. There is good character development and great performances. There is nothing after the credits so it is safe to leave when it is over. My other daughter did read the book recently and has informed me that the film stayed true to the novel so I have to give it points for that. I give it 3 reels because it was visually and storywise captivating. I recommend it for its entertaining qualities.