The new film of The Great Gatsby, due out this summer unless it gets delayed once again, is going to be awful. There are just too many obstacles.
- Novels make bad movies. The genre calls for a TV series.
- Gatsby is particularly resistant to filming as it relies heavily on description and, while that might seem like a natural for a movie, turning descriptions into films never works.
- Baz Luhrmann is directing and he is a bombastic fraud who makes everything he touches into the worst sort of sentimental tripe. He embodies flaws even worse than those Fitzgerald saw in 1920s New York.
- What you can hear of the soundtrack in the preview is enough to make you throw up.