“Always try to see the best in people.” It may be the mantra that The Great Gatsby’s narrator tries to live by, but it is a luxury that not all of the novel’s fans will have granted Baz Luhrmann when this latest adaptation was announced. Known for his highly stylised visuals and a penchant for aligning period specific plotlines with present day flourish overt enough to rival Quentin Tarantino’s, some feared that in Luhrmann’s hands the story would lose not only its context, but also its subtlety. Thankfully, they were wrong. Well, at least about the first part.
Ahh! Disney! The conglomerate with a heart. And let’s be fair, most of us have had a childhood filled with their kid-friendly creations designed to teach us what it means to be a good person. It’s been a few years since those days, with Disney taking on a preoccupation with the money-making blockbuster rather than the moral lecturing. That is, till now.