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The Great Gatsby Review

The Great Gatsby Rating: 2.9/5

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Ratings:2/5  Review By:  Raja Sen Site:Rediff

The genuinely exasperating thing is, however, that this film indeed tries doggedly hard to capture the spirit of the book. Not just the vulgar excesses of Gatsby’s frequently flaunted wealth but also its sadness, its yearning. And while the visual circusry propels the first half of the movie to at least the level of an impressively exploding firework, the flourishes mostly dry up in the second half as Luhrmann tries to tell the story of a man and a woman with ill-judged restraint. The romance, told the way it is, comes across more infantile than fabulous.What he might not have approved of, though, is the way Luhrmann appropriates and trivialises those exquisite, immortal last lines from the novel. Just so his film can look at itself in the mirror and preen some more.

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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By:  Anupama Chopra Site:Star World

The Great Gatsby is basically Karan Johar meets Sanjay Leela Bhansali on an estimated 127 million dollar budget. Luhrmann’s vision is unapologetically over-the-top. He revels in artifice and big emotion, in frenzy and extravagance. If you like subtlety in your cinema, then this is not the film for you. For me, there was a lot to enjoy here.The Great Gatsby is too long and too loud but it is old-fashioned entertainment. Purists and minimalists would do well to stay away. I’m going with three and a half stars and recommending that you partake in this gargantuan fantasy.

Ratings:3.5/5  Review By:  Srijana Mitra Das  Site:TimesOfIndia (TOI)

Right up, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (TGG) is Hollywood’s Devdas. Luhrmann’s take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel is a beautiful bash – that lasts too long. On the upside, the music’s super and the 3D – decorating dinners to orgies, advertisements gliding silkily along a taxi – stunning. His Gatsby is greedily gorgeous and occasionally sags, luxuriating in a 3D-theatric too many. Still, it showcases Fitzgerald’s drama with flair – a society dancing on a knife’s edge, where everyone drank and romanced too much, but you also heard an odd, wistful sigh – maar daala. Note: You may not like this movie if you don’t like 3D-heavy literary adaptations.

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Ratings:2.5/5  Review By:  Tushar Joshi Site:DNA

If it wasn’t a motion picture, then The Great Gatsby would have been a wonderful music video. There are two ways to enjoy Gatsby – one is by checking out the cool soundtrack and realising how amazingly it blends with a period so long ago (‘1920’), and the second is to marvel at the sets and costumes. The film is a beginners guide to every wannabe art and costume designer. There are so many OTT moments that you will end up losing count.His much-talked-about project based on a literary classic is all dazzle but lacks soul. The length and pace of the second half make watching the film a tedious experience. Yes, it is stylish and there is colour and shimmer in every frame, but as the end credits roll all that you remember are Jay-Z and Lana Del Rey’s melodic verses. And that doesn’t bode too well for the film’s reputation.

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Ratings:3/5  Review By:  Neha Pinto Site:Bookmyshow

The film retains a lot of the amoral energy of Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet. With The Great Gatsby, he plays story teller to the hilt. Although the novel from where the film is adapted, (F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic) was set in the 1920’s Luhrmann makes the film speak to the 21st century. And he does this by incorporating contemporary music which gives the film a familiar feel. The film does have an ending that’ll suck you into nothingness. However this doesn’t make it any less of a masterpiece, but only elevates it to higher levels of greatness.Verdict: The Great Gatsby is a spectacular film that pays a great homage to emptiness.

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  1. Love is one such celebration of life that may look a wonderful experience to watch as an outsider but, sometimes, costs nothing less than utter loneliness & excruciating pain within for the host. Baz Luhrmann’s lyrical-magical-tragic drama THE GREAT GATSBY unfolds emotional layers of love through the changing times.

    Set in 1920’s, Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) – an ameture bond-seller at Wall street finds and befriends with a mysteriously wealthy ‘talk of the town’ lone extravagant named Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) in his dreamy filthy rich neighbourhood who throws grand larger than life parties for almost everyone in the town but probably no one cares about the lonesomeness he possesses in linger for his lady-love in bad times Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) to come back in his good times now. But is it good enough to regain what is lost in past?

    THE GREAT GATSBY looks a bollywood film in many senses. The tragic love story where poor gets rich and now tries his best to get her lost love back, grand sets & astonishing art direction that creates a world wirth reference directly taken from fairytales and the soundtrack that celebrates life at every stage. Though, with a duration of almost 2 hour 30 min, slow pace, uneven screenplay and too much graphic work for an emotional love saga makes it a complete ‘no’ for entertainment-seekers.

    Performances are good. DiCaprio excels the cast. My favourite scene of his is where he is to meet his girlfriend of the past, for the first in 5 long years and he is so anxious to make it all look impressive. Terrific! Besides, there is also Bachchan Saab. After all the Hullabaloo over his debut in Hollywood, I must say its great to see him sharing a good comfortable space on-screen with DiCaprio & Tobey…and he undoubtedly makes a mark in his small but unmissable role of Meyer Wolfsheim. I wish some more meaty roles from Hollywood to make it worth what this man deserves.

    In nutshell, this literature-inspired emotion-bleeding drama is a cinematic experience where fine performances are overpowered by splendid visuals and superlative art-direction…but not for all. Strictly for those who love cinema for the sake of its art & craft. ***[3/5]

  2. Gaurav Rai…u are doing a great job…dont think that no one's commenting means no one has read ur review and got influenced to go for the movie or not..i do, n so many others too…
    just a suggestn, if u dnt mind….ur reviews are great..but sumtimes ur ratings tend to be lower than ur review suggests…work on that, a bit…

    -Ur well wisher, admirer.

  3. btw i only was the one who abused that "rj" and made him disappear…filthy him, abusing u for no reason

    -Ur well wisher, admirer.

  4. i am really grateful to u sir. and about the lower ratings? that's because i write mostly about positive things about the movie. Talking negative needs a strong hold on the craft, a bigger stature to strengthen the voice…and i am only an inexperienced beginner! hope you understand.

  5. will sure keep that in mind, next time 🙂 thanks a ton, keep guiding.

  6. this review is very well written. I have only seen u off the mark on aashiqui otherwise ur reviews are good

  7. Your reviews are often better than other reviews that I see on this site

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