MOVIES VS. CLASSIC NOVEL – THE GREAT GATSBY

Why you should watch The Great Gatsby (3D)?

  • Classic legendary novel – The Great Gatsby’s fifth screen adaptation.
  • Spectacular CG landscapes.
  • Remarkable 3D shots.
  • Stellar Cast with acting skills worth a mention.
  • Better representation of the novel compared to the previous failed versions.

With the advent of cinema in the late 1880s, every movie director donned the role of a storyteller bringing forward a new story. These were either fictional or based on real life incidents. Since late 1890s Hollywood brought forward many movies based on classic novels, books and comics. For example, all the movies released under the banner of Marvel Cinematic Universe are based on Marvel’s classic comics. Similarly, several movies are based on literary works – fiction or non-fiction.

 You may have heard yet another literary work’s screen adaptation that is opening this weekend across the theaters of the world. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, The Great Gatsby (3D) is the latest screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’ 1925 novel of the same name. Prior to this movie, the novel has already been adapted on the screen four times. The previous versions affirmed that none of them were in any way a clear portrayal of Fitzgerald’s work as an author. All the four screen adaptations witnessed the directors and screenwriters take excessive liberty in translating the novel, hence eliminating the intensity and power of the original work.

The Great Gatsby movies have sailed through various eras of cinema starting with the 1926 silent version till the 2013 3D avatar of the novel. This fifth film version of the novel has treated literature with luxury that has a weak start but a strong finish. Baz Luhrmann of 2001’s Moulin Rouge! and the larger-than-life epic, Australia fame has treated the movie with a grandeur that promises to keep the audiences glued to their seat, even when they are on the edge-of-their-seat, preparing to vacate the movie theater.

A screen adaptation of any novel or book requires a lot of translation – interpreting the words into the movie’s language: images, actors, camera angles and filmmakers have to balance the vital elements of a movie: story, style and spirit. Luhrmann has achieved the balance perfectly by adapting the story according to the novel, casting the right actors for the characters, recreating the style and spirit of the literary work. The 3D zooms and intricate CG landscapes are worth a mention. The movie, unlike the previous versions, promises justice to F. Scott Fitzgerald’ 1925 novel. The Great Gatsby (3D) will surely appeal to the fans of the novel, but has a brief introduction to the novel has been provided for those who haven’t yet laid their hands on the novel. The story of the book revolves around the universal theme of love and money that never goes stale with each passing generation.

Usually, the screen adaptations never live up to the literary work because a novel or book offers a scope to the readers to imagine and create their own perfect movie version. But things are definitely different with this version of The Great Gatsby (3D) by Baz Luhrmann, which promises a feast to the audience. With the release of the movie this weekend, the verdict will be decided whether the screen adaptation lives up to the novel – a masterpiece recreated on screen or just another glamorous flop flick?

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