Jay Gatsby has an interesting dialogue in the film that sums up everything the critics say the film is not. “Can’t repeat the past? Why, of course you can.” As irony may have it, the film fails to repeat the essence of the 1920’s American-dream that exists in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby. “Whereas the book was an elegantly structured exercise in social nuance, the film careers from excess to excess before toppling into another puddle of excess. The temptation to title it Gatsby!!! must have been close to overwhelming,” writes Donald Clark in a review for the Irish Times.
The failure to capture the heart of the book is not Luhrmann’s only failure, critics say. The film never crosses the two-star mark, often falling to a single lonely star. Anthony Quinn ridicules th