I read The Great Gatsby the other day. I couldn’t remember if I had previously or not; I thought I might have in high school, but really couldn’t remember anything about it. Upon reading it now, I don’t think I ever did. I did, however, find it to be a great read, and certainly deserving of its place in the pantheon of American Literature. It remains very readable, which can’t be said about many 88yo novels.
I read it in preparation for seeing the new movie adaptation from Baz Luhrmann that is due for release this weekend. I’ve been seeing previews for it since last fall; wild visuals of raucous parties, dancing women, and modern music, all rendered explosively in, bane of banes . . . 3D.
I won’t be jumping on the bandwagon that has been rolling through the social media sphere, though, where it is expected to make snarky comments about the idea of this book being adapted to 3D, etc. Maybe that’s a graduate school thing, I don’t know, but having read the book I feel like a modern treatment of it like this is perfect. If Luhrmann and the excellent cast get anywhere near pulling it off, I think it will be great.
Why is the excess of a big budget and 3D perfect, you may ask? Because that is exactly what the movie is about! Excess. Obsession. Shallow people clinging to soulless desires that leave them miserable. Doing the wrong thing over and over again. I’ve seen some people refer to it as a love story, but it’s a kind of love I can’t imagine wanting to be a part of because it comes with so many price tags. It’s a spectacle that is really a thin veneer covering something terrible, and I think it could be fantastic.
So I’m eager to see it. Maybe too eager now, I don’t know. I don’t know if I will get out to it opening weekend, but I know I will eventually.
I’m curious to know what other folks think about it. I suspect there are plenty who are affronted by the idea to the point of not even being willing to give it a shot. Maybe it just looks like a bad movie to some, I don’t know. I’m fine with that, I have a similar attitude to the new Lone Ranger movie. But that’s a different topic for another day. . . .