At its best — which, sadly, isn’t often enough — Baz Luhrmann’s version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is a scandal. It’s also, in event and emotion (if not period fidelity), the most faithful movie version of the book to date. The two are not unconnected. Leonardo DiCaprio gives us the full Gatsby, assured yet insecure, and he’s magnificent, but the movie ends up romanticizing what Fitzgerald spent the book de-romanticizing.
Anyone who has seen “Moulin Rouge” knows that Luhrmann lives for excess, and he delivers in the movie’s opening hour, aided immeasurably by the eye-popping costumes and production design of wife Catherine Martin. But over-length, a swooningly indulged love story, and a fatuous Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway bring it low. In 3-D. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
--Ty Burr, Globe Staff
Here’s a round-up of more reviews for “The Great Gatsby” from around the country:
'Gatsby? review: Film proves it was Fitzgerald's writing that made the story great wapo.st/ZSbeaR— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 9, 2013
Movie Review: ?The Great Gatsby,? Interpreted by Baz Luhrmann nyti.ms/15MZ07I— NYT Movies (@NYTMovies) May 9, 2013
REVIEW: 'The Great Gatsby' is a mad, middling adaption that goes from Jazz Age to Baz Age | ti.me/11nLgPv— TIME.com (@TIME) May 9, 2013
Review: Baz Luhrmann?s take on The Great Gatsby is just as gaudy, but not as ruinous, as it looks avc.lu/17OO3A9— The AV Club (@TheAVClub) May 9, 2013
Does Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" capture the spirit of the book? slate.me/10IHvN4— Slate (@Slate) May 9, 2013
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