Megan Rochlin This film is unfairly maligned. Past adaptations of Gatsby have failed precisely because they tried to be too reserved and respectful and as a result produced dull, lifeless adaptations. Baz Luhrman tries to infuse his movie with the same lurid energy of the book. Yes, this film is over the top and no, it did not need to be in 3D. But in making this film so extra, I think it has really captured the spirit of the book.