This movie is a must see. It has romance, drama, intrigue, suspense, murder, mayhem, obsession, and a screaming goat. (Alright, the goat part is a lie.) It is a manly movie and a complete chick-flick. Although it is a long movie, more than two hours, it kept me interested the entire time. I honestly didn't notice the length of the movie. Gatsby is a beautiful and artistic movie. The party scenes are an explosion of color, beauty, music, and dancing. I've never wanted to attend a party more in my life.
I believe that Leonardo DiCaprio played Gatsby beautifully. I'd go as far as saying that it might be his best performance. He said so much with his demeanor and expressions without uttering a single line. Although he had moments where it could easily be said he just brooded a bit much, he was a believable and intriguing Gatsby.
I was not happy about Spider-Man being cast as Nick Carraway, but Tobey Maguire did a much better job than I expected. I was not a fan of his lack of depth in the beginning of the movie, but realized that Nick Carraway was a naive young man with no real concept of what he was getting himself into, so maybe Tobey was better than I'm giving him credit for. I have to say, at the end of the movie, I was completely a fan of Tobey as Nick, and his anger and grief seemed completely genuine.
This is a movie that you should see with a group of friends. Then you can have many detailed, deep intellectual discussions about the movie, the characters, and what the writer meant while drinking some delicious yet over priced coffee. Or, just see it and enjoy all that is the Great Gatsby. The one thing this movie has left me with is the desire to re-read the book.