IWN MOVIE REVIEW: Critics’ reviews for Baz Lurhman’s “The Great Gatsby” are simply not that great. It’s the fourth big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, which follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he’s drawn into Jay Gatsby’s lavish circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy. The latest version stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton and Jason Clarke.
IWN MOVIE REVIEWER Mike Barns, said, “To be honest, this isn’t as good as Plan 9 From Outerspace.” Barns gave no explanation why he said that.
U.S. News and World Report notes the film “falls short trying to serve both the Fitzgerald original and its filmmaker’s aesthetic. Plan 9 From Outer Space shows more imagination.”
The New York Times points out that it’s “less a conventional movie adaptation than a splashy, trashy opera, that can’t live up to the pure camp of classic Plan 9 From Outerspace.
Connie Ogle of the Miami Herald: “Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ is a failure that should have been more like Plan 9 From Outer Space.
BOTTOM LINE: You could have watched 30 good movies on Netflix for the same price as seeing Gatsby in a dark movie theater filled with chatty people too stoned to realize they left their living room big screen TV and hour ago.