Many people adore director Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge. Even more love his Romeo + Juliet. I am not one of those people. Something about Luhrmann’s style makes me want to stab my eyes out with Nicole Kidman’s stiletto heels. That’s why I cringed with disdain when I learned the director would be taking on one of my favorite books of all time, The Great Gatsby. To some, the pairing is rather perfect; Luhrmann taking on the decadent world of 1920s “West Egg,” (a.k.a. Great Neck, NY) seems like a task tailor-made for him. To others, like me, this seems like a recipe for an indulgent, frenetic disaster. I sincerely hope I’m proven wrong, especially since the rumored cast of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire actually seems somewhat perfect.
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