Note: my review is of the regular version of the film as I did not see it in 3D. I have had to read The Great Gatsby in both high school and college so it was a story that was burned into my subconcious. Additionally, I had seen the original with Robert Redford and Kathryn Lee Scott (those are the two actors I remember) when it first came out. This film is far superior to the original as it is a lot more fun. The director did take a lot of liberties with the film having some modern songs put in but the director did an amazing job where you can feel the energy of Gatsby's parties and the visual effects just seemed to transport the viewer back to the 1920's.
This version of the film does follow the book story very closely, in fact, Toby McGuire as Nick narrates a lot of the film, quoting directly from the book. DeCaprio is excellent as Gatsby however, my only beef with him is that he looks a little bit too young (remembering Redford in the original appearing to be a little bit more mature looking) to have served in the military and then waited the five years building up a fortune and hoping to woo Daisy from her husband.
The shots of New York City are stunning, even better than what I remembered from King Kong. The one thing that the director kept showing and I wasn't sure of were some guys working with shovels in what I am assuming is Queens. Queens is depicted as just a bunch of junkyards and also serves as the stopoff point where Daisy's husband goes for gas and to meet his mistress. It is not clear how he gets away with seeing her without her husband knowing though.
Nick narrates the story while he seems to be treated in a sanitarium. Even watching the movie it is not clear why he eventually ends up there. Don't remember if this was specifically explained in the book. Nick seems to be the "nice" guy that everybody likes and he acts as the go-between between everybody especially between his cousing Daisy and Gatsby.
I am not a big fan of 3D but I would like to see this film again in 3D just for the excellent visual effects.
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