Gatsby?

Gatsby…The Great Gatsby? The one where DiCaprio stars? It is a definite rental. Don’t waste your money seeing it in the theaters. It is way too long and so many scenes are laughably bad. At one point I thought I was browsing PostSecret on the big screen, and I nearly retched and walked out.

Yet, in contrast to those scenes, there are so many good moments. The actors are at the top of their game here. This is Toby’s best performance of his career, which isn’t saying much, but at least casting directors know he can act decently and he’ll get better roles. DiCaprio was born for this role and continues to impress.

Overall, its an incredibly flawed movie. My hope is that when the home video version is released, some fan makes an edit that takes out all the garbage scenes, and makes it into something more appealing. It gets 6.8/10 star from me. There is some good stuff and a few incredible performances, but even DiCaprio can’t save a film that insists on using postsecret visuals as a crutch.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Simply put: Burt Wonderstone was hilarious. If you didn’t see it, it’s probably because it was misadvertised. The advertisements should have shown the relationship between Steve and Oliva. That entire side of the film was far more entertaining and enjoyable than the Jim Carey vs Steve Carell rivalry part of the film, which really does take a backseat to the real story.

The true story of Burt Wonderstone is one of Man vs Self, not Man vs Man. I think many people went into the theater thinking that they were gonna be wowed by Jim Carey, but instead got a heartfelt performance of a washedup arrogant stage magician who humbles himself enough to spark a new era of his career.

Overall, it’s worth seeing, but probably not worth paying for the big screen prices unless you’re seeing it at a dollar theater. If you’re a Steve Carell fan, it is a worthy performance and should quickly find a spot in your home collection.