Another Version of Gatsby

in category of Opinions, Abby Lee Hood


You may have read the literary classic The Great Gatsby, but now it’s coming to life in a whole new way. The Great Gatsby is coming to the silver screen, courtesy of Warner Brothers. The new film will feature some pretty big names: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carrie Mulligan, and Toby McGuire. It’s due to be out at Christmas, but you can go ahead and view the trailer now on YouTube.

                IMDB gives a summary of the movie, stating, “Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.” This description sounds pretty close to the book’s original plot, but I’m wondering how different the movie adaptation will be from the book.

          Now, I know that budget, actor ability, and other factors can affect the direction of a movie, but I sincerely hope this production stays true to the story. The Great Gatsby is a tale of broken American dreams and disenchantment, and while that may sound a little depressing, it’s a theme that won’t be complete without good acting and keeping to the book’s original intent.

          The stars of the cast have got big names and famous previous projects, which makes me worry about how they’ll mix together. Toby is best known for his portrayal as Spiderman, Mulligan was in Drive, and Leonardo is known for many things, perhaps the most famous being Titanic. In a sense, the movie has the same feel as The Avengers, because of the large number of famous actors in it, but if The Avengers worked out, why can’t Gatsby? While The Avengers did have a little bit more difficulty with making an emotionally rich movie from a superhero script, Gatsby has lots more depth to work with.

          I sincerely hope that this is a story that stays true to its origins, because without it, the movie probably won’t play well onscreen with so many conflicting talents. I almost can’t wait for Christmas to see it, and it’s no surprise why. The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite classic novels! I hope the screen adaptation is as moving as the book, and as talented as the actors in the film are, how can it not be? We all have high expectations of this movie, and I only hope that it lives up to them!


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