Luhrmann’s adaptation of Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby” novel is still in the media’s attention as the movie has recently arrived in Hollywood cinemas. Despite all the hype and the anticipation, the film has failed to meet most critics’ expectations, being labeled as a far-fetched version of the well-known American novel.
The cinematographic version of “The Great Gatsby” has been largely appreciated for its impressive cast. Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire as the narrative voice Nick Carraway have impressed film goers since the very first moment they appeared on the movie poster. Their presence in the movie, however, was not enough to convince critics that Luhrmann has made a right choice when chosing them.
According to Patriot Ledger critic Al Alexander, Luhrmann has made a big mistake when he hired Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan to star in the movie. He described their interpretation as devoid of the dramatic charge that the interpretation of the two characters would normally require. The critic believes Leo and Carey are perfect to play these parts in point of looks, but their characters are very distant from the image that Fitzgerald tried to portray.
Alexander, like many other reviewers, have criticized the movie for putting too much emphasis on the characters’ lavish lives; thus, forgetting that any director is entitled to create his own interpretation of a novel. Fitzgerald’s book, too, was full of descriptions meant to illustrate the luxurious and yet, empty life of the characters. Yet, the representation we get in the novel is Nick Carraway’s subjective point of view; it is the narrator that perceived Gatsby as an unhappy man, so Luhrmann’s vision may not be entirely mistaken.
The artistic interpretation of the movie is still open to discussions, but there is one thing that remains undisputed: Luhrmann’s capacity of creating vivid and animated cinematographic images. The movie is full of spectacular 3D sequences and captivating soundtrack titles.