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      The Great Gatsby

      I was fully prepared to see another movie where Hollywoodâ??s cash of directors spent their entire wad of creativity on special effects and over-the-topness. After all, this is a movie based on F. Scott Fitzgeraldâ??s classic novel, "The Great Gatsby", a story of decadence, excess and circumstance. Yet, what Director Baz Luhrman (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet) did, was far from what I expected.

      What Luhrman did was deliver the largeness and decadence that the movie deserved, but also delivered upon the small world that Gatsby has embedded himself in. Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a character of great mystery. He has huge decadent parties, yet nobody truly knows the man. While Luhrmanâ??s cameras sweep and swoop through Gatsbyâ??s lavish party of dance and drink, we feel the moment like it should and at the same time, we feel Gatsbyâ??s emptiness when he stands alone against the backdrop of his amazing mansion. Luhrman's atmosphere, at times, was allowed to do the talking and the great actors chewed up the rest of it.

      The cinematography of "Gatsby" is absolutely brilliant and the 3D that goes with it is vital. You have to feel that depth and largeness to truly feel the world that surrounds Gatsby. It is proof that 3D doesnâ??t have to be in your face to be effective. The depth of it gives you the feeling of being there and it is absolutely beautiful. The ocean water that separates Gatsby from the mansions across the way, the deep shots of New York City in its early stages and the exploding confetti and dance during the party scenes are all so perfectly done but at the same time, imperfect in realness and stillness.

      I didnâ??t think I would be saying this, but Luhrmanâ??s film is near perfect. It is one of the most beautifully filmed movies I have ever seen. What really puts it over the top though is the quality of the actors involved. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke and Isla Fischer were all perfect. Watching DiCaprio bring Gatsby to life makes me wonder how this guy has gone without an Oscar so far. He has become something great, if he was ever anything less.

      "The Great Gatsby" is what going to the movies is all about. It brought the beautiful words of F. Scott Fitzgerald to life in its own unique and beautiful way. It is pure escapism. I can honestly say I was riveted from beginning to end. Earlier I stated that the film was â??near perfectâ?? and I have to say, there were two instances where my mind left the roaring 20â??s. Twice the movie soundtrack, produced by Jay-Z, was horribly too 21st century. Instead of using music from the era, they used two rap songs that shook me from the dream that I had fallen into and reminded me that this was a 21st century movie made by 21st century actors and directors. Fortunately, those moments were fleeting and the escapism dream continued. Honestly though, that is the only blemish I spotted in a mostly flawless film.