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Old 05-09-2013, 07:45 PM  
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The Great Gatsby sucks

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The trailers for this made it seem like the greatest thing EVER.

Now topping out at 42%

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Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" is a tale told idiotically, full of noise and furor, signifying next to nothing.

The production is not insipid, let's give it that. An exercise in absurdist excess, this fourth screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, means to dramatize the excesses of the Jazz Age, with hints of Weimar decadence thrown in for bad measure.

But that's a banality by this late date, and it's as far as Mr. Luhrmann goes in making sense of the book. The film's only governing principle is maximalism—everything has been made as big as possible, apart from conversational interludes, when big feelings are displayed, like bullet points, by actors striking static poses.
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What's intractably wrong with the film is that there's no reality to heighten; it's a spectacle in search of a soul. For all of its glittery fragmentation, "Moulin Rouge!" came around to moments of genuine passion. None of these new trappings means a thing because the people who populate them are stylish sticks, unsinged by the spark of life.

That's almost surely not the fault of the actors, for the director turns them into lifelike props. Mr. DiCaprio, who's no more comfortable with the phrase "old sport" than Robert Redford was in the previous version, is elaborately sincere when he isn't frowning like Jack Nicholson; being charming like, well, Leonardo DiCaprio, or being mysterious, except that people who are genuinely mysterious don't look mysterious. Carey Mulligan's Daisy is either languorous or amorous, not a lot in between. Mr. Maguire's Nick is cheerlessly impressionable. Joel Edgerton's Tom is charmlessly brutish. Elizabeth Debicki's Jordan Baker is a flouncing cipher. And Mr. Luhrmann uses Amitabh Bachchan, a legendary star in his native India, to make the Jewish gangster Meyer Wolfshiem a leering pillowbiterin.

Given the lifelessness of the enterprise, there's little point in belaboring its failure to convey the novel's themes, let alone the emotional and social resonance of what has come to be considered a masterpiece of world literature. Although the hero created himself out of the whole cloth of romantic yearning, we see almost nothing of that self-creation, only the conflicted result. Although the Nick of the novel arrives at a new and tragic understanding of the American Dream, the Nick on screen can't be more than an earnest observer, since any vestige of the story's tragic sense has been replaced by melodramatic sadness.

This dreadful film even derogates the artistry of Fitzgerald, who wrote "The Great Gatsby" while living on Long Island and in Europe. In a deviation from the book that amounts to a calumny against literary history, Nick, the author's surrogate, is discovered in a psychiatric hospital where, as an aging alcoholic, he struggles to comprehend the vanished figure at the center of the long-ago story, and finally completes his treatment by writing the novel. It's literature as therapy, and Gatsby as Rosebud.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:23 PM   #16
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Baz Lurhman is ridiculously overrated as a director. Plus, who cares? Why did the world need yet a fifth "Great Gatsby" film?
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:25 PM   #17
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So Leo isn't capable of being in a bad movie?

You are a funny guy.
DiCaprio has been in several bad movies, though Titantic wasn't one of them. Appears Gatsby will be another to add to the bad list.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:26 PM   #18
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:27 PM   #19
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:27 PM   #20
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Departed was meh as well.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:28 PM   #21
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Sarcasm. Do you speak it?
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:29 PM   #22
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Departed was meh as well.
I was thinking more along the lines of The Beach.
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DiCaprio has been in several bad movies, though Titantic wasn't one of them. Appears Gatsby will be another to add to the bad list.
"Bad" movies? Like what?
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:30 PM   #24
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Departed was meh as well.
too far penz. effective trolling must be more subtle.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:31 PM   #25
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I was thinking more along the lines of The Beach.
And that's about his only "bad" movie.

The Departed, Gangs of New York, Body of Lies, Shutter Island, Inception, Aviator and Titanic can hardly be called "bad movies".
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"Bad" movies? Like what?
The Beach, Body of Lies, Romeo + Juliet (another one of those overrated Luhrman bores) off the top of my head.

There was also that Western with Gene Hackman and Sharon Stone. Can't remember its name...it was kind of shitty.
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I never saw J. Edgar, but that didn't get good reviews from what I recall. Can't make a judgement on that until I see it (if I ever do).
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:33 PM   #28
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The Departed, Gangs of New York, Body of Lies, Shutter Island, Inception, Aviator and Titanic can hardly be called "bad movies".
I like all those movies except Body of Lies and think them to be of fairly high quality (some more than others).
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:34 PM   #29
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Ugh I ****ing hated Titanic.
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I was thinking more along the lines of The Beach.
LOL ok just ignore me.
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