The Great Gatsby – DVD review

Baz Luhrmann’s version sees fidelity to F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel and era as optional, yet still gets close to the story’s heart

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Baz Luhrmann, 2013


Is fidelity overrated? Jack Clayton’s 1974 Great Gatsby, the one with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, was dutifully faithful to F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel and rather dull with it; Baz Luhrmann sees fidelity to book and era as optional – witness the Jay-Z soundtrack and the framing story positing narrator Nick Carraway as an alcoholic writer – and is much more fun to spend time with.

Yet it still gets close to the story’s heart, even if it’s too in love with its own movie-magic extravagance. It helps a lot that Leonardo DiCaprio is, yes, a great Gatsby.

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