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Gatsby movie was a Great disappointment

May 18, 2013


By Frances Burscough

So, after months of hype and tantalising teasers on the TV, the big screen and in the press, Baz Luhrmann's remake of The Great Gatsby finally opened here last night. As a huge fan of the novel and the classic movie adaptation starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, I really couldn't wait for the critics' preview show earlier this week.

My verdict? It's utterly bizarre. He's taken a poignant, indeed tragic tale of wealth, envy, greed, corruption and loyalty and turned it into a sort of ridiculously absurd cartoon. The characterisations are as believable as a troupe of circus clowns, the action is like an episode of Looney Tunes, and yet ... it's unmissable just for the sheer spectacle of it all. To say not a cent has been spared in the making of this movie would be the understatement of the decade.

Go see, but don't expect anything close to the chemistry of Redford and Farrow, because you'll be sorely disappointed.

Carey Mulligan on making the movie, P18

Originally published by Frances Burscough

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