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on 3 September 2017
If you thought Gatsby was about glitz, this hideous version of the story will show you how wrong your were. Gatsby, according to the irrepressible Baz, is about super-super-super glitz. Glitz where confetti falls all the time from the sky but never accumulates on the floor, Glitz which has every apartment block in down-down NY lurid with fire-engine red, atomic yellow and puke green. Glitz which has a speakeasy in prohibition times looking like the Folies Bergères (without the nudity of course -- this is a family show). Glitz which believes that dressing-up middle-aged actresses in Prada gowns will somehow recreate the furore of the twenties. Enough about glitz. Another stomach-churning horror are the computer simulations. For the most part, badly done and unconvincing: the rubbish tip and the garage are, in Fitzgerald's telling of the story, nightmarish with surrealistic eyes overseeing the wickedness of mankind. Baz gives us a kiddie-comic version as unthreatening as an overpowered TV advertisement for a unaffordable sports car. The acting never rises beyond the excrutiatingly bad. Gatsby loves Daisy? Never on your life, old sport. Daisy loves Gatsby? When? How? Where is there a single expression or gesture that expresses even a flicker of any kind of love? Jordan, the cheating golfer and Nick? A zero number. And as for "a re-interpretation of the twenties" which some reviewers flutter on about. What is Baz telling us? Even the ragpickers on the municipal dump had shiny new straw hats, the hydrangea flowers were ultramarine blue, and nobody ever swore? Come off it, old sport.

So why two stars? "The Great Gatsby" is about the emptiness and futility of wealth. "They are a rotten crowd." Emptiness, fulitity and a pervasive rottenness ooze from every crack in this awful film. Now possibly -- just possibly -- that was intentional.
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on 19 July 2017
Anyone studying higher english should watch this. I must of watched it 6 times coming up to my exam. It is the closest film to the book you will find and packed with quotes.
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on 20 July 2017
great film, follows the book very closely but the music is a clever fusion of contemporary and 1930s giving it a modern twist.
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on 18 July 2017
Baz Luhrmann attempts to recreate The Great Gatsby the original of course had Robert Redford in the lead,the mystery and location are all a bit heavy handed Decaprios performance is reminiscent of J.Edger Hoover,the CGI is really basic and spoils the atmosphere.The party scenes are stunning and the costumes enticing but not really enough to pull off Fitzgeralds Tragedy of broken dreams.
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on 25 March 2017
Highly stylised the film captures perfectly the opulence of Fitzgerald's lavish description around Gatsby's lifestyle and the roaring 20s.
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on 30 May 2017
Lavish version of the book, this is an interesting take on the 1920s lifestyle.
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on 16 August 2017
Great film the the selection to detail was great which gave a great feel to the film,
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on 22 July 2017
Good film and spectacular. But way way way toooooooo long. Good 3D as well.
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on 7 September 2017
why have I not seen this before loved it!!
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on 25 August 2017
Brilliant film, captures the awe of the 1920s, the story is succinct yet encapsulates you from the beginning and the acting is great. The film does the critically acclaimed book justice and is worthy of being held in the same regard.
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