The dazzling commercials for this sure-to-be box office smash proclaim that it's going to be the summer of Gatsby. But does it live up to enormous expectations?
While there's sure to be a division of opinions between literary purists, Luhrmann fans, and regular ol' moviegoers, there is simply no doubt that this film is a piece of work.
As for this critic, I'm staunchly on the side that loved this interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel The Great Gatsby.
Director Baz Luhrmann is known for his distinct, somewhat over-the-top, storytelling style.
His past cinematic achievements include William Shakespeare's: Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge. Both of those films are stories that have been told before, but Luhrmann has a way of re-imagining the stories and adding his own eccentric and decadent spin on things.
This is exactly what he did for The Great Gatsby.