‘Gatsby’ goes gaga
It takes a singular brand of chutzpah to consider perhaps the greatest piece of American literature of the 20th century, “The Great Gatsby,” and say, “What this story needs is 3-D.”
Australian director Baz Luhrmann is just that audacious, staging Fitzgerald’s tale of reinvention and self-deception as a 21st-century visual spectacle and multicultural musical mash-up of Jay-Z, George Gershwin and just about everything in between. For all of Luhrmann’s swagger, though, the net effect is akin to seeing “The Great Gatsby” miniaturized, its characters carefully choreographed against storybook illustrations of overworked perfection.
It’s glib to suggest that Luhrmann has made a “Great Gatsby” for idiots. It’s more as if he’s made it for infants, who prefer their stories pictorialized by way of bright, arresting images.
The DVD and Blu-ray (Warner, $29-$45) include behind-the-scenes featurettes, music videos and deleted scenes.
Colin Covert says: Although the incurably exuberant Baz Luhrmann had the glitter factories and sequin mines working overtime, his glitzed-up “Gatsby” is dishwater dull.
Also out Tuesday:
Movies: “At Any Price,” “Barbie: Mariposa and the Fairy Princess,” “Kon-Tiki,” “The Lost Medallion,” “Pain and Gain,” “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s,” “Super Buddies.”
TV: “Elementary” (Season 1), “Grey’s Anatomy” (Season 9), “Sons of Anarchy” (Season 5), “The Walking Dead” (Season 3).
Blu-ray debuts: “And Then There Were None,” “Dark Angel” (a k a “I Come in Peace”), “The Idolmaker,” “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,” “Q, the Winged Serpent,” “To Be or Not to Be.”
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