F. Scott Fitzgerald would have been amazed to see his novel blown up on the silver screen.
Screen adaptations of classic novels are well anticipated and with good reason. People want to see how the penned work of art translates into the big screen. There is just a level of expectation that readers of the books reserve for the film adaptation. Sometimes, the review is all the rave and sometimes, the film adaptations just don’t seem to fit the bill.
One movie in particular is the 1974 version of “The Great Gatsby.” The movie is based on the novel of American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and follows the experiences of author Nick Carraway in Long Island. In the series of events, Carraway found himself completely astonished by the lavish lifestyle of his rich neighbor who goes by the name of Gatsby. What he doesn’t know is that his meeting with the famed Jay Gatsby is just the beginning of their oddly intertwined lives.
The Great Gatsby indeed painted a picture of decadence in 1920s America – rich people enjoying the company of fellow extravagant people. Although the prevalent subject matter shown in the movie is the mystery behind the character of Jay Gatsby, the story has a deeper hook that can get audiences in the middle of the story. It is Gatsby’s and his long lost paramour Daisy Buchanan’s love story and it does start to unravel to make way for the movie’s climax.
Although acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert did point out that the movie was “superficially beautiful,” he also said that it lacked the power of Fitzgerald’s writing. The screenplay was indeed a bit dragging for some parts and you just might not feel the supposed love between the star crossed lovers.
I do know one thing; Robert Redford’s portrayal of the millionaire Jay Gatsby is undeniably smooth and downright clean. It’s a shame Daisy Buchanan had married before not for love but for jewels and diamonds.
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