Before we begin, I'm writing a review of the movie only, not a review of the movie compared with the great novel.
If you like 3-D and special effects and fireworks and free-falling down what I think was the Empire State Building, then you will absolutely love the first 45-minutes of The Great Gatsby. If you like a good passionate love story filled with sex, alcohol, cheesy grins, buckets of ice, yellow convertibles, and death by gunshot in the pool, you will love the rest of the movie.
I must admit, I went into the early screening last week wondering if I was going to enjoy. I'm not big on these types of flicks. I like to see Al Pacino offing Robert De Niro and then holding his hand until his heart bleeds out next to a runway at LAX. That's enjoyable entertainment. But, nonetheless, I gave this one a try.
It's good. That's the easiest way to sum it up. I heard it got mediocre reviews but there is plenty of 3-D effect where it seems Hollywood had some extra money to spend in the Special Effects Department. There isn't a dull moment but there is one thing that rubbed me the wrong way. I understand the goal of the entertainment industry is to always bring in a younger crowd, but having a period piece means not borrowing music from several decades later. Keep it in the roaring 20's, not what many people in their 20's are grinding to today.
One other thing to mention. In one of Leonardo DiCaprio's previous films, he did a fantastic job of portraying the ever-so-lovable J. Edgar Hoover. The accent is the same, just FYI. Halfway through Gatsby, I was waiting for him to park the yellow convertible outside the Justice Department where he was meeting Clyde Tolson for lunch.
So, if you're excited to see the movie, I think you'll enjoy. If you go in clueless, like myself, you'll still take something away.