DIR: Baz Luhrmann • WRI: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce • PRO: Lucy Fisher, Catherine Knapman, Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Douglas Wick • DOP Simon Duggan • ED: Jason Ballantine, Jonathan Redmond, Matt Villa • DES: Catherine Martin • CAST: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan
Baz Luhrmann is an acquired taste. People either seem to relish his gawdy, ostentatious films with their overwrought emotional drama and slightly vapid characters or, well, despise him. There is little to no middle ground between the two. Therefore, when it was announced that he was to adapt F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz-Age classic, there were many who felt it was the wrong choice. The novel is quite small in its length, but long on detail, opulence and themes. Luhrmann is no stranger to adapting great literary works, namely Romeo + Juliet, and has done successfully and with great inventivenesss. But with Great Gatsby, has he pushed the boat out too far? The novel isn’t like Romeo + Juliet. It has no need of reinvigoration or reinvention and exists firmly in its own right.
Rated 12A (see IFCO website for details)
The Great Gatsby is released on 17th May 2013