‘The Great Gatsby’: Film lacks true greatness

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By Fred Allen

Narrator Nick Carraway (Tobey McGuire) tells us the story of J. Gatsby after spending the topsy-turvy and tipsy summer of 1922 in Gatsby’s society — one which he feels exhilarated by but which he doesn’t understand. Director Baz Luhrmann, who gave us a razzle-dazzle “Moulin Rouge” has done the same here with the added aspect of 3-D. Nick tells the story by taking us into the midst of straw hats and beaded dresses as bootleggers spend their ill-gotten wages.

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