So what. Given the source material I wanted to write a deeply thoughtful and respectful review extolling the virtues of this latest version of The Great Gatsby and its portrayal of the central themes of the book, but I can’t because I’m indifferent to it. And that’s the problem with this film. I didn’t dislike it, but then again I didn’t leave the theatre with the sense of enjoyment that comes from being entertained by a good movie. I felt indifferent. I would have had just as much fun sitting at home watching middling cable TV, and that’s not good for a theatre going experience. In all fairness, the performances from the actors are quite good, Joel Edgerton in particular, and with the exception of Tobey Maguire whose acting skills have always been a bit suspect. Baz Lurhmann’s distinctive artistic style is front and center, which means it is visually appealing and if you are a fan of his work then you won’t be disappointed. I wouldn’t label this as a ‘guys night out’ movie, it’s much better for date night. Hopefully it could be used to curry favour with your date to increase the possibility of romantic late night festivities at the end of your outing. It has to be good for something.
5 out of 10