The Great Gatsby

Friday 27th September 2013 at 8pm

2013 12A certificate, 143 minutes

Starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Carey Mulligan, Toby Maguire

Directed by Baz Luhrmann

(L-r) LEONARDO DiCAPRIO as Jay Gatsby and CAREY MULLIGAN as Daisy Buchanan in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' drama "THE GREAT GATSBY," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.If you have an appetite for fast paced, sumptuous, dazzling, large scale cinema, then this is for you. It’s a shame that the director didn’t call this film “Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby.” This would have alerted some of the more sniffy reviewers – those that expected pious devotion to the source material – to the fact that this is, first and foremost, one of the larger than life visual spectaculars that cinema goers have come to expect of the Aussie auteur. It should be judged on those terms – think Baz first, F Scott Fitzgerald second. True, the film shares none of the novel’s spare, tragic elegance, nor is there much by way of subtlety. But what do you expect? On the other hand, if the novel was about decadence, hedonism, excess, or ruthlessly deluded aspirations, then that’s all here – especially the decadence. The party scenes are awesome, with all the frenetic energy of a roller coaster. Luhrmann has translated the novel’s cautionary tale about the Americandream into a lurid hallucinogenic theme park. Here is the 21st century interpretation of the golden age of Hollywood cinema: the exuberantly choreographed dance routines of Busby Berkeley, or the extravagant set pieces of a Cecil B DeMille epic, are all here, ramped up, embellished and amplified to meet the demands of the digital age. It is by turns furious and funny and sad and exhilarating. One critic noted that if the novel was a bubble then the film is a glitter ball. And sometimes a glitter ball is a whole lot more fun than a bubble.