The Probably Less Than Great Gatsby

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Has Baz Luhrmann declared a war on good literature? Or is it that he is just that inept at making anything worth taking the time out of one of your not so busy days to watch?
He is the man that brought us an updated version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, which is quite hard to cock up, yet I would argue he did seem to go out of his way to attempt so. I mean even the light-hearted, animated feature; ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ was way more fun.

It doesn’t look like Mr. Luhrmann is finished badly turning great literature into annoyingly bad films. This year will see the release of his interpretation of ‘The Great Gatsby’. Again like ‘Romeo + Juliet’ ­it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, whom is a remarkable actor and will pull of an outstanding performance again, it is just a shame that the film is, at least I’m betting it is going to be a mire of terrible drivel.

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The book itself is considered to be a masterpiece of American literature, written by F Scott Fitzgerald in 1925.  It has already had at least two movie adaptations, one with Alan Ladd, another with Robert Redford and I am sure that watching these two, will be better than paying to see Luhrmann’s massacre of the book.

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Lewis Butler

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