Monday, May 6, 2013

Newest "Gatsby" film set to debut May 10

Expectations for the newest "Great Gatsby" movie are high and mighty, and by the looks of the movie's trailer, most of those will be fulfilled. The Great Gatsby is a book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925.
     The story follows the main character, Nick Carraway, as he begins his life alone in New York. He visits the Buchanan’s, some friends of his, and hears about a man named Gatsby and the extraordinary parties he throws. Shortly later, Nick meets Jay Gatsby and soon becomes his closest friend. As Nick begins trying to decipher the life of Gatsby, its revealed to him that his second cousin, Daisy Buchanan, was a previous flame of Gatsby's and that he was still in love with her. The plot falls together intricately as unrequited love, tragedy, and mysteriousness play their parts in this timeless American story.
     It was first made into a movie in 1926, and there have been three remakes following it, not including the newest one coming out May 10. In the previous movies, reviews stated more cons than pros. The first adaptation came out in 1926. It was reviewed by The New York Times and was said to have lacked imaginative direction, character development, and plot focus. When the second version made its debut in 1949, reviews were harsh, the only real compliment being the great performance given by Alan Ladd, who was cast as Jay Gatsby. The third adaptation that was released in 1974 was welcomed with open arms, but judging eyes. Purists appreciated how closely the plot followed the book, but many felt this caused a lack of suspense on the silver screen.
     In the year 2000 a made-for-television version of the movie came out on A&E. Reviews were more gracious and praising then those for previous adaptations. It was described to be close to the book, but not quite on point. Most of the actors were appealing in their roles, but they still fell slightly flat.
      As years and remakes roll by, it’s obvious to devoted Great Gatsby fans that the book can be interpreted in many different ways. They hope that the newest version's release will do the book justice. It will feature Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgarton, Jason Clarke, and Elizabeth Debicki as the main characters. It's expected to highlight the Roaring Twenties at its best, and feature the extravagance and wistfulness the previous versions failed to capture.  
     In my personal opinion, it seems as the years go by, the more understanding there is to the book's meaning and detail. You would think that the earliest versions would capture the book better; after all, they premiered closer to the book's setting date. I think on May 10, 2013,  both "Great Gatsby" and movie fans alike will fall in love with the story for the first time or maybe even all over again. 

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