Baz Luhrmann’s films have always been visually stunning, and his adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” does not disappoint.
Whether it reveal anything new about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great American novel, one of the literary classics of the 20th century, remains to be seen, but the backdrop of the roaring twenties and the era’s legendary parties give Luhrmann plenty of scope for lavish, blindingly colourful set pieces.
Coupled with a soundtrack scored by Jay-Z with The Bullits and allegedly featuring a Beyoncé cover of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ this version of The Great Gatsby will certainly be loud, brash and proud.
The casting is also inspired, with Leonardo di Caprio as Jay Gatsby, the excellent Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire playing narrator Nick Carraway.
The film opens the Cannes film festival on Wednesday evening.
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