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Bettie's Box Office: The Great Gatsby

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:06 PM CDT

What's great about The Great Gatsby? The cinematography: director Baz Luhrmann re-creates the Roaring 20's as a stylized spectacle, with giant snow-globe scenes of celebration and squalor (even more impressive in 3D). The cast: Carey Mulligan is fantastic as Daisy Buchanan, Tobey Maguire provides the strong narrative voice as Nick Carraway, and Leonardo DiCaprio anchors the movie as the puzzling millionaire, Jay Gatsby. The story: F. Scott Fitzgerald's book still holds up as a period piece, even for those who were "forced" to read it in high school. If you’re not in that group, it's the story of a young writer (Maguire) who lives next to a mansion owned by the mysterious Gatsby, a man who seems to have everything, but holds some deep secrets.

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What's not-so-great about The Great Gatsby? The running time: the movie runs 2:23 and takes its time telling the story. The music: everyone's reading their own meanings into it, but hearing Jay Z rap music while characters talk about Prohibition felt out of place to me ever since I first heard it in the preview trailers. I guess being an executive producer has some privileges.

The best way to describe The Great Gatsby may be as a "big-budget art-house film" (terms that usually don't go together). You can tell that the actors are really invested in the script and some of the scenes run as long as 10 minutes. In any case, Gatsby is a visually stunning alternative for movie-goers who aren't in the mood for Iron Man 3.

The Great Gatsby opens Friday, May 10, and is rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language.Bettie's Box Office: The Great Gatsby

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