I went to see The Great Gatsby today.
I can imagine fans of the book will not enjoy this film all that much. Especially in the first half, the film is very heavy on style and visuals which kind of distracted a lot from the main plot. All those overblown effects and everything felt a bit unnecessary to me and why they shot this in 3D I honestly have no idea.
Furthermore, this film has got to have one of the worst soundtracks I've ever witnessed. Admittedly all this rap, hip hop and party music is not my taste at all so I may be a bit biased, but I found it totally unfitting and sometimes very offensive even with how loud and obnoxious it was.
On the positive side: I think Leonardo DiCaprio was a good cast for the role of Jay Gatsby. I know he's not the greatest actor out there, but he has the right amount of charisma and a youthful enough look to play this character convincingly. Also, I thought that shot where he first introduced himself to Nick was pretty awesome. Toby Maguire is also not a bad cast in my opinion, despite him not being such a fantastic actor either.
I think the film definitely got better at the second half. The visual effects show settled down a bit and the story moved more to the front. Personally, I liked that.
Lastly, despite the horrendously bad soundtrack and the unnecessary visual spectacle, I still appreciate how the makers at least don't go for another standard book adaptation. They try to add their own spin to it and I think the more blockbuster orientated cinema goers will actually like it more this way.
Overall it was 6.5-7 out of 10'ish for me. I would recommend it for people who want an appetiser for the blockbuster season. If you're not in for that then just stay home. You're not missing all that much.