Too much of the Netflix series feels dictated by the setup and pay-off rules of popular storytelling.
“Young and Beautiful” might be the very best thing to have emerged from Luhrmann’s epic undertaking.
The hollow dazzle of Strictly Ballroom looks bold and sounds great, thanks to Lionsgate’s strong transfer and packaging, which includes a menagerie of relevant extras.
Graciously and appropriately, Luhrmann eventually lets his gung-ho predilections simmer down, just as Gatsby’s own empire of impossible dreams starts to crumble.
Decadent prose is transformed into a decadent filmmaking style that defies modesty in the most brutal sense.
The soundtrack co-opts the musical filigrees of the jazz age and the cultural vitality of both hip-hop and house into an acid bath of EDM with all the panache of an energy drinktini.