With the news of the upcoming feature film adaptation of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby opening this year's renowned film festival in Cannes, my friend, the writer Suzanne Zhang, decided to share her opinion before the hype storm for the film reaches its peak.
|The Great Gatsby's First Edition Cover.|
‘And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past…’
is one of my favourite lines from the great American novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and incidentally, it is also a good illustration of what I feel about the 2013 movie adaptation by Australian director Baz Luhrmann. As we attempt to move forward we are constantly restricted by our past and trying to go back to it, which to me seems like an analogy for this film. Why are we not moving forward? Why this need to go back in time to one of the best American novels ever written? Why adapt this book? Why ruin it with bad taste and terrible actors? Can we not focus on new movie plots? Film adaptations are always risky but after having seen the two trailers of The Great Gatsby, I can say with assurance that I will not be watching it as it would be a blasphemy for one of my favourite books and writers.