THE GREAT GATSBY Di­rected by Baz Luhrmann. Star­ring Leonardo Dicaprio, Tobey Maguire, Amitabh Bachchan, Carey Mul­li­gan, Joel Edger­ton, Isla Fisher, Ja­son Clarke

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DiCaprio plays the aris­to­cratic play­boy who turns out to be a fraud in the much­hyped pe­riod piece. You don’t so much watch Luhrmann’s det­o­na­tion of F Scott Fitzger­ald’s great­est novel as get beaten up by it. Whereas the book was an el­e­gantly struc­tured ex­er­cise in so­cial nu­ance, the film ca­reers from ex­cess to ex­cess be­fore top­pling into an­other pud­dle of ex­cess. The temp­ta­tion to ti­tle the pic­ture Gatsby!!! must have been close to over­whelm­ing. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 143 min group of trav­ellers trapped on an air­liner with a faulty un­der­car­riage. It seems al­most un­be­liev­ably light­weight. Squint at the screen, how­ever, and it be­comes clear that Almod­ó­var has a se­ri­ous pur­pose in mind. The film works as a rig­or­ous metaphor for the cur­rent malaise in Span­ish so­ci­ety. That’s fine. But the jokes aren’t quite good enough and the struc­ture is just too rick­ety. Still, mi­nor Almod­ó­var is bet­ter than none at all. 16 cert, Triskel, Cork, 90 min

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