Watch The Great Gatsby Online Free (2013) or Download The Great Gatsby Movie Now : Director Baz Luhrmann’s retelling of “The Great Gatsby” was much better back in 2001 when he called it “Moulin Rouge!” Both films are carved from the same vision and feature Luhrmann’s cinematic dreams fully realized in vibrant colors that glow in the dark. The pulsating dance floor of the Parisian cabaret is now replaced with Jay Gatsby’s legendary parties pulsating in the heart of the New York in the Roaring 20s. You can call it a return to form or you can call it lazy, either way it is the style of the film that Luhrmann becomes lost in with “Gatsby” leaving us with something that is gorgeous to look at but emotionally weightless. ( Watch The Great Gatsby Online ) Oh, but it truly is something to behold. The film was shot in 3D and must be seen as intended. Luhrmann continues the trend of great directors using the 3D medium and using it to its full potential. Think Scorsese zipping down the train station in “Hugo” or Lee placing you on a boat with a tiger in “Life of Pi”. “The Great Gatsby” is loaded with hyper-kinetic energy as the camera zips around the synthetic world. During the first half of the film, the images are crammed with a thousand ideas per frame that will leave you breathless. This, and this alone, is worth the price of the E ticket.
Download The Great Gatsby Movie Free (2013) or Watch The Great Gatsby Movie Now : “The Great Gatsby” fails when it comes to the people, the characters and, to be fair, this may just be the shortcomings of the source material. The mandatory high school reading material that is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short novel is filled with shallow revelers that epitomize the greed and excess of America Before the Depression. While these vapid vermin read well enough, translating them to flesh has been a problem. Just look at the lifeless and vanilla Robert Redford version of the 70s. We see the world through the eyes of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), a penniless wallflower that does little to interact with the world around him. ( Download The Great Gatsby Movie ) He is trying to make his way in the world but has friends and family in high places. His cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) is married to a rich man who boozes and womanizes but she keeps quiet, consoled by the string of pearls around her neck. Nick lives next to castle of sorts that houses the mysterious Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), a man who throws the most lavish of parties but whose intentions and background are unknown. Nick quickly befriends Gatsby but there is a plan behind the Great One’s extended hand. Gatsby has a connection in the past to Daisy and… this is when the movie turns into a melodramatic mess.
Watch The Great Gatsby Online Free (2013) or Download The Great Gatsby Movie Now : Instead of wasting time commenting on Leo’s performance (he struggles) or Carey’s hairstyle (she’s a vision and gives us the best work by the cast) I would like to mention my favorite character in the film: The Soundtrack. The movie is filled with vital music that gives the story whatever heartbeat it can muster. Much like “Moulin Rouge!,” the music does not feel out of place and allows Luhrmann to turn something old into something modern. ( Watch The Great Gatsby Online ) Jay Z tells us the story, Jack White makes us feel the loss of love better than any actor on the screen. The combination of Baz Luhrmann - he of the “spectacular spectacular” - and the current trend in 3D filmmaking is a match made in cinematic heaven. Throwing the story of “The Great Gatsby” into the mix, however, turns out to be less of a success. The director’s unique ability to mash-up genres and influences makes F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story of the mysterious Jay Gatsby feel at once amplified and minuscule.
Download The Great Gatsby Movie Free (2013) or Watch The Great Gatsby Movie Now : Mr. Luhrmann brings to life 1920s New York as only he can - with sweeping establishing shots, wild jump-cuts and a soundtrack that’s a potpourri of jazz, hip hop and everything in between (courtesy of Jay-Z and some famous pals). As in the novel, the film finds hapless, struggling writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) moving out to Long Island to to be a bond salesman. His neighbor, it turns out, is the titular tycoon (Leonardo DiCaprio) who’s prone to throwing lavish parties that are the movie’s energetic centerpiece. ( Download The Great Gatsby Movie ) Mr. Luhrmann stages these bacchanals as a kind of proto-nightclub scene where music pounds, champagne flows, confetti falls, and every night ends with a fireworks display. This is where Mr. Luhrmann is at his most comfortable; the party sequences make those of “Moulin Rouge” look positively quaint. And it’s here that the director uses 3D technology in a way that’s entirely his own. The scenes have a palpable quality to them - you’re as close to being in the moment as any filmmaker could hope.
Watch The Great Gatsby Online Free (2013) or Download The Great Gatsby Movie Now : Less effective, though, are the longer expository sequences, many of which seem taken verbatim from the novel. Across the bay from Gatsby’s mansion live Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Tom’s a racist and womanizer, and Daisy seems resigned to her fate with him. That is, until, she meets Gatsby with whom, it turns out, she has a history. Despite the novel’s legendary status and ostensible commentary on excess, the core of the story is a bit of a soap opera. And it’s here that the film struggles. As Daisy, Carey Mulligan is radiant, but her character is too much a function of the plot to ever coalesce into a sympathetic figure. Likewise Mr. Maguire’s Nick starts out strong but his role as narrator and observer holds him back. Nick’s over-used voice-over, and dialogue that’s too on-the-nose (“I’m empty inside, maybe that’s why I fill my house with so many things”), make his scenes feel as staid as the parties are vibrant.
Download The Great Gatsby Movie Free (2013) or Watch The Great Gatsby Movie Now : Casting Mr. DiCaprio as Gatsby makes perfect sense - as did casting Robert Redford in the stilted 1974 version. While he’s never comfortable delivering the character’s signature “Old Sport”, Mr. DiCaprio is able to find more of a character in Gatsby than Mr. Redford’s enigmatic portrayal. This Gatsby wears his insecurities on his pink-hued lapels. In fact, his initial meeting with Daisy is played for outright comedy. Oddly, it’s Tom Buchanan, the abusive cad, that comes out most memorable in the film, thanks to a well-modulated performance by Joel Edgerton. The actor brings a period-appropriate quality to the role and, despite his significant flaws, comes off more true to himself that the phonies with which he surrounds himself. If certain scenes from the film appear to be lifted from the Redford version, it’s possible that there simply aren’t many other ways to approach the material.
Watch The Great Gatsby Online Free (2013) or Download The Great Gatsby Movie Now : It may be time for this much-adapted novel to sit on the shelf for a while, until a time when it can be truly reinvented. The story has been told and retold to the point of parody. Our obsession with it would appear to be, ironically, reaching a point of excess. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s classic novel about the roaring 1920’s is brought to life on the big screen for the fourth time, this time in the hands of Australian auteur Baz Luhrmann. ( Watch The Great Gatsby Online ) Much like Luhrmann’s previous films Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet, and Australia, The Great Gatsby is an all out visual and auditory assault. From sweeping views of a not yet fully developed New York City to opulent parties filled with booze, broads and Jay Z, Luhrmann once again leaves his trademark footprints of sheer scope and spectacle. It works, if only, for the first hour or so.
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