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All that glitters is not Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann's exuberant film fails to capture the classic novel's elegiac elegance

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This is not unexpected. Baz Luhrmann's modus operandi is never subtlety, and his milking of whatever slim, tenuous, ephemeral material cheerfully goes for full bombast. So The Great Gatsby, enjoyable though not so great, magnifies what F Scott Fitzgerald's book only hints, stresses what's only sprinkled, exteriorises what's inside the mind and in the process makes us see more and probably feel less. A fitting opener of the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday _ and in cinemas across the world this week _ the film revels in excess and almost forgets that all of this is supposed to be a cautionary tale. 

The Great Gatsby

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire. Directed by Baz Luhrmann.

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