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I loved Moulin Rouge, and felt that this was very much a spiritual successor, although I enjoyed ML a bit more. Gatsby's first third is a runaway train of (good) energy, but it doesn't last. It slows down and although it comes achingly close to moving the viewer, it's sometimes hard to see the characters as anything other than just more set dressing. While metaphor is omnipresent in Fitzgerald's novel, there are only so many times a green light can flash on screen before I start to dread seeing it. It becomes heavy-handed. For us to see why Gatsby looks at it with such reverence, we need to understand why he loved Daisy in the first place, and that's never clear. However, to borrow a phrase from ML, the party scenes were spectacular spectacular. If it was a third as long and retitled Gatsby's Dance Party, I'd give it a 10/10.

Agreed that DiCaprio was a high point. He's really terrific.

- Jared M. Gordon

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