Friday, 22 July 2011

The Great Gatsby - Made Immortal Once Again...

For the second time since it's publication in 1925, The Great Gatsby a classic American tale of 20's opulence and high society is being made into a feature film for the big screen.

I love this book. I was forced to read it in high school (can't remember which grade) and usually that only causes me to rebel and not enjoy a book - being forced to read something always annoyed me. But with this classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald I was more than impressed and the story has stayed with me all these years.

I wouldn't say this is truly a love story, but more one mans determination to fit into an ever changing and opulent society where being on the outside means rejection and heartache. Jay Gatsby is idealistic and determined to remake himself in order to win the heart of a woman - Daisy Buchanan, who is the epitome of this post WWI society; materialistic, selfish, self-centered and unaware.

Jay is a tragic hero and one who I will always rank among my favourites. I am especially excited for this new movie version because of the cast. The actors slated to play the fundemental roles are in my opinion perfect for the roles, especially the two main characters Jay and Daisy.

Jay Gatsby will be played by Leonardo Dicaprio, who gets better and better as he gets older (not to mention more good looking). His quiet intensity and ability to lose himself in a role will, I think make for the perfect Jay Gatsby.

Daisy Buchanan will be played by Karey Mulligan, who i also think will be perfect in the role. She's sweet and shy and all things delicate, but can also play the madenning, manipulative, selfish characters. I think she'll be perfect for the delicate and charming Daisy.

other notable cast members include Tobey Maguire as Nick Carroway, the narrator of the story and Jay Gatsby's friend with Isla Fisher as the unstable Myrtle Wilson.

This movie is still in pre-production but is slated for tentative release in November 2012. Can't wait! My love for Leo knows no bounds and I think this movie will be a hit with Baz Luhrmann as director (remember Romeo & Juliet?) how could Luhrmann not bring the roaring 1920's, with it's glitter and darkness to brilliant light.

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow what a great cast!

    The book wasn't one of my favourites, but I am excited to see how it will be translated onto the big screen.

    I also agree with your thoughts about Leo; he's become such an amazing actor over the past few years (and ever so good looking!) so that he will be perfect for this role.