A different take on “The Great Gatsby”

Comparing the new with the old film adaptation
Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan
Directed by Baz Luhrmann

Lucky the [few] viewers of Baz Luhrman’s "The Great Gatsby" who come to the film virgin of the book, without even a brush with it in high-school. They can dive into the vulgarity of the jazz age depiction, replete with fireworks, flowing champagne, Charleston and period sound-track (with a dash of Jay-Z for the would-be cute and saucy note, much like the sneakers in Coppola’s “Marie ... more >

The Great Gatsby

An rousing 3-D version of the great American novel
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan
Directed by Baz Luhrmann

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is the billion-dollar staple of American high-school reading. At times, watching Baz Luhrmann’s fantasy “The Great Gatsby” feels like reliving the entire length of junior year. At other times, it reaches out to the green light and snatches what it’s after: a mad dream of one of America’s essential novels. "The Great Gatsby" by Baz Luhrmann is exactly like ... more >