Friday, May 10, 2013

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby: Now in 3D?

Known as one of the greatest literary works of the 20th Century, will F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby adapt well in cinema form and in 3-D? 

By: Ringo Bones 

For as long as I can remember, it has become a mantra oft uttered by all critics that the book is better than the movie. But with the ever dwindling attention spans that seem to be now imbued into the millennial generation’s DNA, will the latest 3-D movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby finally buck this trend? 

In a recent interview of Salman Rushdie by Fareed Zakaria, Rushdie says that the recent movie adaptation of his latest book titled Midnight’s Children which is about the independence of India back in 1947 has greater emotional impact than his book thanks to the well executed cinematography. If this trend continues, will the art of cinema be finally be as good – or better than – the great works of literature it often renders in cinema form? 

Well, the latest big budget 3D movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby really has a lot riding on it. The decision to include Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan as one of the casts is a smart one given that India will be celebrating the centennial of their movie industry this year seems to be that Hollywood is finally acknowledging the importance of India as a new potential movie market and for creative collaboration. Not to mention that the 3-D cinematography aspect of the movie is a really good – and entertaining - educational tool to introduce the millennial generation to the wonders of 1920s Art Deco architecture of the Jazz Age.
Even though the movie primarily revolves around the pathos and plot of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary opus, after seeing the 3-D trailer of The Great Gatsby, I already suspect something that this movie is also aimed at Art Deco architecture buffs given that the sets has period correct authenticity that didn’t wind up looking like a year 2020 era Art Deco museum in a set of Blade Runner. And as a bonus to for the ladies, the movie also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.