The Gift – 7/10

What it lacks in Katie Holmes’ breasts, The Gift makes up for in tense thrills…

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The Gift contains a typically fine performance from Rebecca Hall but it is the cat and mouse game between Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton that rightly takes first billing. Edgerton wrote and directed The Gift as well as starring and he gives an excellent performance in what is obviously a passion project for him. If you watch Edgerton’s confident turn in another 2015 success Black Mass compared to his more socially awkward character here, you will see the amount of range that he possesses and the flexibility of his acting skill.

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The Great Gatsby – 8/10.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel brought to life in impressive fashion by Baz Luhrmann.

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While the characters of Gatsby and Nick Carraway are in no way a stretch for Leo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire respectively they both do well in the roles and the chemistry between the two is one of the films plus points. Being a Luhrmann flick it obviously looks great. Luhrmann is visually one of the best in the business, routinely surpassing peers Guillermo del Toro and Tim Burton (ugh). Stylistically he has moments that compare to Tarantino and this film just confirms his status as one of the most imaginative directors in mainstream cinema. Minor criticism is the pacing. It feels like Luhrmann attempts to fit too much into the last 30 minutes but other than that The Great Gatsby is a success.
Shout outs to Carey Mulligan and particularly Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan, he is a decent early shout for an Oscar nom for best supporting actor.
Also I will add that I have a long standing, intense loathing for 3D but I must admit this film is worth seeing in 3D. I found it enhanced rather than distracted and also the ballsy decision to have a contemporary soundtrack for a movie set in the 1920s pays off massively.