radio

Independence West reviews "The Great Gatsby"

Baz Luhrmann is nothing short of a genius, never mind the wildly mixed reviews of his latest opus. His computer-generated depictions of extravagant, buffoonish early-1920s excess are precisely what makes his "Great Gatsby" work, just as they did "Moulin Rouge," his 2001 turn-of-the-20th-century farce.

The cast certainly does its part. Heavy hitter Leonardo di Caprio is believable as Jay Gatsby; Carey Mulligan does her part as Daisy Buchanan and Elisabeth Debicki (Jordan Baker) is just beautiful. Tobey Maguire and especially Joel Edgerton also deliver as Nick Carraway and Tom Buchanan respectively. However, character development takes a back seat to Luhrmann's fast-paced storytelling and sheer ability to express a grand vision. This has nothing do do with Jack Clayton's 1974 "Great Gatsby," which emphasized the acting of its stars, Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. If anything, Luhrmann demonstrates his ability to interpret a literary classic by seating characters in the second row.
This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Story

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) gestures waiting for the opening of a plenary session with P5+1 ministers, European Union and Iranian minister on Iran nuclear talks at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 31, 2015.

Multimedia Iran, US Willing to Continue Nuclear Talks Into Wednesday

Negotiators hash out how length of prospective deal, how quickly sanctions would be lifted, and what to do if Tehran violates terms More