From trailers I have seen and learning that a rap musician has been involved with scoring, prejudice tells me that I will not like the new production of The Great Gatsby as much as I liked the Robert Redford version.
I have no idea how true to the novel the new versions remains, but the opulent production values seem out-of-synch with the intention of the author and how I imagine the period. The last production captures the spirit of the time, as I imagine it with the help of old newsreels, movies, and photographs.
Although I appreciated Mr. Luhrman’s film, Australia, (which many critics disliked and which did not enjoy box office success), I did not like Moulin Rouge. That, too, was too artificial and did not capture the period...as i imagined it to have been. Perhaps my dislike of that film also influences my prejudice against his The Great Gatsby. Trailers suggest too much glitz and exaggerated cliché. Although parties at the time were surely opulent, I doubt that they were so colorful and flashy.
Opening weekend box office results were reasonable, perhaps because of the cast, but time will tell if the backers make money on yet another production of an old book. Most critics have not been kind. On the other hand, people, who have not read the novel or seen the other version (especially young, non-readers), might like they see...
Good article in The Economist of The Great Gatsby, book, film, and play. I particularly enjoyed the writer’s clever use of the main character as metaphor for the current United States society. It does a good job of explaining why the American Dream is actually the American Illusion.
Although writing about two characters in the book, he could be Fitzgerald could be describing bankers in this quote from the article:
“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy,” Fitzgerald writes, “they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”
Sound familiar? It could be from an article about the financial crisis that surfaced in 2007. Those guys made out like bandits...and are still cashing in on the mess they made.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.