Friday 24 January 2020

Baz takes a bashing over 'vulgar' Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann's lavish adaptation of 'The Great Gatsby', one of the season's most hotly anticipated films, has been greeted with mixed reviews in the US.

David Denby, film critic of the 'New Yorker', decried the 'Moulin Rouge' director's "vulgarity" and "stunning absence of taste" in his handling of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic. He did, however, acknowledge that the film's star, Leonardo DiCaprio, is "a more forceful Gatsby than placid Robert Redford was in the tastefully opulent but inert adaptation of the book from 1974".

'The Hollywood Reporter's' Todd McCarthy was perhaps the most positive, describing it as a work that "feels vibrantly alive while remaining quite faithful to the spirit, if not the letter or the tone, of its source".

The film be shown in Ireland from May 16.

Irish Independent

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