Metal Arcade: Zach Kircher writes:
Although faithful to the novel and decently acted, Baz Luhrmann's direction critically harms what was almost a great adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
It can be an interesting experience to see a classic novel transformed into a film, for usually such projects will either be a massive success or two hours of dashed hopes and dreams. This has happened many times before over the course of the history of film – some adaptations are great, and then others are absolute crap. Baz Luhrmann has taken the risk of either embarrassing himself or gaining international recognition or his latest directorial offering, a stylized take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. With Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, has the notoriously flamboyant director proved worthy to tackle such beloved material with this film?