Just saw The Great Gatsby. This will be an unfavourable, spoilery rant: Oh dear. It appears my relationship with Baz Luhrmann's work has entered rocky terrain. I did not enjoy Moulin Rouge and for many of the same reasons, I did not enjoy The Great Gatsby. As fitting as it would seem to pair the excess and frivolity of the setting with the heavy handed styling, I wanted so badly for just a little bit of restraint in at least a scene or two. It was too much, too heavy on the glitter, too languorous and plodding. Still not a fan of the 3D,...it dulled and darkened the picture. And here, it looked really tacky. Was that the intent? To shove down our throats the theme of nouveau riche gaudiness? By virtually throwing glitter in our faces? Nick's narration really didn't work for me. I suppose they were staying true to the book, but what works in the book (Nick's character serving as our ambivalent guide into this zany world) didn't gel for me in the movie. I didn't need Nick to tell me in monotone that no one showed up for the funeral, we could freakin see that. A silent shot of the fallen golden boy alone in his palace would have been perfection. Carey Mulligan was luminous. And she really worked some angles that I didn't quite pick up from Daisy in the book...playing up Daisy's warmth, confusion and regret. I like this interpretation of her as more than a creature of shallow ambitions. I was entertained, even if put off. So I guess it was $15 well spent?