The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby (book)    The Great Gatsby (movie)

I don’t know about you but I found the book was not as clear-cut as, perhaps, the movie.  What I mean by this is that some things are left open to suggestion at certain moments in the novel, whereas in the film, you see what Fitzgerald possibly intended.  Two main differences between the narrative and the DVD is how the story opens up.  First of all, I was surprised to see that Nick in the movie is explaining his acquaintance with Mr. Gatsby because he is being treated by a doctor in a Sanitarium.  There is no indication that Nick is unstable when we first read about his time spent in New York.  Secondly, Gatsby’s dad never makes an appearance in the film but at the end of the book, Gatsby’s father shows up and meets Nick.  Besides these variations, the screen version does a good job following the plot.  I will mention how the 2013 DVD did an interesting job giving 20’s music a modern twist, with hip hop beats.  I think watching the movie definitely helped me understand the characters better and confirm unmentioned suspicions.  You also get a sense that Daisy is not as innocent as you may think she is in the novel.  Her real dellusions are plainly revealed when you see her interacting with both Gatsby and her husband in the film.  It is also more evident that Tom tells Mr. Wilson who killed his wife and the reason for it, insinuating that a chap like that should be taken care of—which Mr. Wilson certainly makes sure to do.  One other thing I found amusing was that there is greater emphasis on drinking alcohol in the movie than there is in the book.  Since there were already four previous productions of the film (1926, 1949, 1974 and 2000), I’d like to know if you saw them and how they differed from the latest version.  Did they also stay true to the story?

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