Baz Luhrmann takes an enthusiastic swing at F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic of American literature, and while he never holds back on his trademark aesthetic of excess – even going so far as to shoot the film in 3D – the performances, and DiCaprio in particular as the titular antihero, together with the quality of the source material succeed in saving what threatened to be a garish and vacuous experience. The result never threatens to be remotely subtle, but nevertheless proves to be the director’s best work since his last collaboration with Leo and a literary classic, 1996’s Romeo + Juliet.