Friday, 24 May 2013
The Great Gatsby
I studied The Great Gatsby in grades 9, 11, 12, and in a first-year university English course. I feel I know it intimately. Well, I feel I knew it intimately. It was a beautiful examination of, among many things, voids - emotional, physical, spiritual and especially moral. I truly grew to love and appreciate the depth in the shallows of this story.
Yes, I know I always say that it's better to remake a bad movie than it is to remake a good movie, badly. I don't recall the 1974 version being a good movie, but I did see it. Should this apply to books, too? Well, it's not being re-written...
Maybe I should rewrite, The Great Gatsby, and call it, um... The Great Gatsby and then re-sell the film rights. Oh, wait, isn't that copyright infringement? Why isn't it the same for movies... I digress.
I kind of liked the trailer. It showed much of the decadence, tension and conflict contained in the story but it didn't give it all away like many trailers do. I liked the pace the visuals. However, the "mwah mwah" music that is so tediously popular today almost killed it for me, as the trailer opens with the aural assault of tired musical cliche... thankfully it ended and the trailer was able to recover and deliver an entertaining product.
The music bothered me so much that I watched the "international trailer" on IMDB. It was different and the music, while still kind of Jim Steinman Bonnie Tyler epic annoying, was still better than "mwah mwah" music.
The IMDB trailer told the story of a man of many "secrets" trying to recapture a past love, with snippets of jealousy and betrayal. While this is a love story of sorts, I don't see it as a chick flick and thus will be happy to see it with the wife.
My mother was visiting from Toronto a few weeks ago and told me she was bored. I told her to go see a movie. She went to see The Great Gatsby. When she returned I asked her what she thought of it. She told me that she was still bored.
Please note: The views of my mom do not necessarily reflect the views of Beerbohmtastic, especially if I haven't seen the movie, yet.