“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!”
In December 2008, Variety magazine reported that a film adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby was to be remade with Australia & Moulin Rouge filmmaker Baz Luhrmann set to direct it.
It’s been 5 years since fans of the book heard this news and now we have to wait only another 3 months until Leonardo Di Caprio who is playing the reclusive Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire who is playing the inquisitive Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan as the effervescent Daisy Buchanan bring one of the greatest novels written back to life.
As you may be aware, a whole generation of intelligent book worms and literature students will have studied this novel extensively either in their leisure time or at the back of a dingy class room on a dismal November morning. Whilst some people sat looking out of the window at the sombre rain thinking of their plans for the weekend, others were sat pondering the ironic pathetic fallacy of the situation as we clambered into the pages of the eighty year old story and into the suburbs of Manhattan during the roaring twenties, filled with flapper girls and rich, cane wielding businessmen. A story that ever so intricately captured the essence of an era.
Many people can draw raw emotion and empathise with all of the characters in this book but none more so than that of the mysterious Jay Gatsby. His strive to become successful and happy constantly battles with his dream and need for something that won’t ever happen. He is a man who has built a reputation on narrative and lies about his life before moving to New York.
And so we beat on to another chapter in the tale of this story and how it has changed throughout time. Everyone who has read Gatsby will have pictured someone like Robert Redford, as he is the embodiment of Gatsby. He was the elegant young rouchneck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just mussed being absurd. Now almost thirty years later we have the equally talented Leonardo Di Caprio, who collaborated with Baz Luhrmann in his modern take of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in 1996 which subsequently lead to him getting the lead role of Jack Dawson in the 1997 blockbuster ‘Titanic’. The ‘fandoms’ on websites such as Twitter and Tumblr have been growing crazy ever since they discovered that ‘Sally Sparrow’ and ‘Dom Cobb’ would be starring in the same film, I can only hope that the meme’s come thick and fast after the film premiers!!
I read recently that the creators of Facebook subtly used a small green circle to show if someone was online to emulate the green light that Gatsby watched from the end of his dock, simulating the feeling of want, longing and nostalgia. They thought that showing that green dot would make users want interact with each other, they believed that users would look at the green circle as Gatsby did and rather than just sitting there brooding on the old, unknown world; they would talk to that person they missed or so desperately wanted to talk to.
So the countdown to May 10th has begun and now we have just discovered that Lana Del Ray has begun writing the soundtrack, which in my opinion will set the ‘fandoms’ into overdrive. I believe the film will not have the depth of character that F. Scott Fitzgerald divulged into in his novel however I can only hope that the film lives up to the high standard set by Robert Redford, Mia Farrow and Sam Waterston in 1974. However “In consequence, I’m inclined to reserve all judgments,” -Nick Carrway.