Despite masquerading as a coming of age/teen angst story, this film is mostly concerned with divorce/middle-age crisis. Good performances by Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, and even Steve Carrell cast against type as an asshole cad, but the kids in this movie don't really have much to do, and their characters are never really developed. Disappointing coming from Faxon and Rash given how great the characters in The Descendants were. Has its moments, but ultimately just OK.
Great style - good movie. Baz Luhrmann perfectly captures the incredible kineticism and excitement of last century's 20's with his hyper-edited cinematic perspective.
Music supervised by Jay-Z was wonderful (including all the anachronistic songs - loved that), except for a little overuse of one song in the middle section of the film.
Don't recall the novel well enough now to opine on the translation, but didn't seem to veer too much.
Luhrmann focuses on the interpersonal aspect of the story…