ELLE reviews The Great Gatsby

The verdict on Baz Luhrmann's adaptation

Leonardo DiCaprio and Baz Lurhmann are having the party of the century – and you’re invited.

That’s the mood of , a fun, fizzy film that puts the Moulin Rouge! director’s spin on the F Scott Fitzgerald classic, premiering in Cannes tonight.

Carey Mulligan oozes gamine 1920s elegance as Daisy, a rich, bored society wife to macho Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton).

Daisy is also cousin to would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) and neighbour to legendary millionaire Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio).

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Nick’s growing obsession with the elusive Gatsby brings Daisy and Gatsby closer – but at what cost?

It’s a dramatic story but Luhrmann seems less interested than the novel’s themes than in the visual opportunities it offers: 3D art deco splendour, champagne-soaked society balls, huge mansions and sleek sports cars.

Add a high-octane soundtrack curated by Jay-Z and The Great Gatsby is loud, proud and a lot of fun.

Look out for our report from tonight’s star-studded premiere in the French Riviera – somewhere Gatsby would surely feel at home.

The Great Gatsby is in cinemas from Thursday 16 May

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