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Independent Cinema - The Great Gatsby Review

Independent Cinema writes: Say what you will about Baz Luhrmann, he has a distinct style – one that may very well be a bit too much for many to take in. Regardless, it’s this eye for flair and the over-dramatic which makes Luhrmann a perfect choice to tackle another adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (a book with which I have been enamored since first reading it). Perhaps what the previous adaptations were always missing was this hyper-stylized world that perfectly embodies the lavish lifestyle of Jay Gatsby (played exceptionally well by Leonardo DiCaprio). Though sometimes distracting, both aurally and visually, The Great Gatsby is in many ways the most faithful adaptation of Fitzgerald’s classic tale of the American dream, but also almost too literal for every theme to land.

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