First of all, I Love the 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. The novel is regarded as the best reflection of The Roaring 20s/The Jazz Age (think Flapper culture). I read it in college and then many times since. But this is about the movie. But if you are a fan if the book and have not seen the movie then you are probably wondering, "How do the two compare?"
I am not going into the may comparisons and contrasts and if you have just read the book once, then you many not notice very many differences at all. Yes, there are some contradictions between the two, but not enough to be a deal killer. But on the other hand, YES, there are many close comparisons the movie makes to the novel, but keep in mind that this movie is mainly about the book's reflection of the times, and the themes, and symbolism that emerge between the society, setting and the well-defined characters.
Well, back to the movie itself. It is visual candy. The hard stuff and the ones that melt in your mouth. I love the cast selection, the cinematography, the music (I love the songs Young and Beautiful and the remake of U2's Love is Blindness), the pacing, the suspense and the love story. It was a crooked time that was lived through too much idleness, want, need,corruption, and liquid confusion. Not to mention some having too much money with a bankrupt soul and others having too little money and the want to sell their souls. And this is perfectly reflected throughout the movie.
I do not want to create any spoilers for those who have yet to see this picture, so I will just say that I do recommend it whole-heartedly. It is a masterpiece that needs to be studied.
As for the 3D, it is a bonus. I Love it! It is amazing in my opinion. Please keep in mind, I do not know about what is good vs. bad 3D. I just know what I like when I see it. Some may want to chime in on this, but don't. I like it and you will not convince me that it is bad 3D. I play it on my curved Samsung TV and crank it up and travel back to the 1920's and watch a beautifully sad story of misguided people in troubled times.
Additionally, this packaging came with a digital code, DVD disk, BluRay disk and a separate 3D Bluray disk all for $9.33 with 2 day Prime Shipping. Yes, $9.33! That was not a typo.