I’m comparing again, but this version is more…poetic?…than the 1970′s version, which seemed to be more of a no-frills telling of the story.
I don’t usually discuss the soundtracks of films, but I took a point off for it here because, while I can appreciate anachronisms when used correctly, the music here didn’t fit at all. It kept knocking me out of the world that the rest of the film was trying so hard to pull me into.
Even though he looked like Peewee Herman for most of the movie, this kind of role is perfect for Tobey Maguire, and Leonardo DiCaprio made a pretty good Gatsby.
It took a while for the visuals promised in the trailer to kick in, and once they did, they left me with sort of a “this is it?” feeling.
Then again, maybe that’s because this movie was designed to be seen in 3D, and the late-night premiere at the local theater was 2D only.
Perhaps some of the billboards shown in Times Square were of real companies that existed long ago, but even if that’s true, it doesn’t matter.
EDIT: It has come to my attention that
I am not good at finding products sometimes Moet champagne is everywhere in this. Since I am only human know next-to-nothing about champagne, I missed it.
The 1920′s is my favorite decade (if I had to pick one), so this is one of those movies I knew I’d probably enjoy before I even walked into the theater, and it will probably only get better with a few repeated viewings.