The Great Gatsby
directed by Baz Luhrmann
starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Debicki
Amid the hype and anticipation, the world seemed eager to criticise Luhrmann’s lavish adaptation of The Great Gatsby and I had braced myself for disappointment. I could not have been more wrong. This was a stunning film, visually sumptuous and dramatically mesmerising from beginning to end.
It was an adaptation in the truest sense: it did not attempt to recreate precisely the 1920s world of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s much-loved novel, but instead synthesised the material decadence and moral decay of the age with the dazzling dizziness so synonymous with Luhrmann’s direction. The prominent soundtrack cleverly mixed musical genres, evoking the extravagance and exhilaration of the Jazz-Age parties through music recognisable from the club land euphoria of our ‘Hip-hop Age’. Jay-Z was juxtaposed with ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and Bach; The Bryan…
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