The Great Gatsby: from the page to the big screen


From the written word to the big screen, many novels have been making their debut in theaters across the nation this past summer.

Book and movie fans alike flocked to theaters in anticipation of the seeing the visual adaptations their favorite stories have made.

Among these films, such as The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones, World War Z, The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, is the notorious 1925 masterpiece by F. Scotts Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.

Staring Leonardo Di Caprio and Toby Maguire, this film quickly became one of the most anticipated films of the year with an award winning accompanying soundtrack that included everything from Lana Del Ray to Fergie, and costume collaborators such as Prada and Tiffany and Co. all at work to create a fantastical new experience.

In the 2013 release of The Great Gatsby, Di Caprio does a marvelous job playing opposite Carey Mulligan as Daisy.

His performance focuses more on the desperateness Gatsby has over his love for Daisy, which he portrays beautifully as the two characters are reunited, unbeknownst to Daisy’s husband, Tom Buchanan. This is a nice contrast from the previous film adaption of 1974, where Robert Redford’s Gatsby’s focus relied more on the passion and sensitive side that Jay had for his unrequited love.

Fitzgerald’s work has survived as a classic novel because of its romanticism of the Roaring Twenties and as one of the best examples of an inner monologue heavy novel, which usually is where the film adaptations tend to stray from the book or lack the effects of its written counterpart.

I’m happy to say, that along with a beautifully rounded cast, musical score, and costume and set design, this is where the 2013 adaptation truly shined as they visually were able to handle Nick’s narrations and inner thoughts quite beautifully throughout the duration of the film.

The special effects chosen to overlay both what Nick is writing and thinking adds a whole new realm for the viewers, as well as a wonderfully artistic flare as the words arrange themselves across the screen during the course of the narrations.

Well, here comes the hard part. Was the book better than the movie?

For this writer, The Great Gatsby is a golden piece amongst literature with a beauty of written words that is seldom found in other works in today’s world.

Needless to say, the book can easily stand its own, but in the case of Baz Luhrmann’s film, it too makes a lasting impression.

The movie might not always beat the book, but in this case it has come pretty close.

09/05/2013


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