Many of us discovered the dynamics of the roaring ‘20s when we were forced to read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” in high school.
Told through the eyes of bond salesman Nick Carraway, this tale introduces the reader to the world of lavish parties put on by the mysterious Jay Gatsby, who spends a lot of time obsessing over a green light across the bay from his mansion, where Daisy Buchanan and her husband Tom reside.
The story is one of unattainable goals and the American Dream.
Now, executive producer Jay-Z is partnering with writer, director and producer Baz Luhrmann and music producer Anton Monsted to adapt the novel to film for a second time.
When I saw the previews for this movie that will be out in theaters May 10, my first thought was that it reminded me of "Moulin Rouge!" Then, I found out the two movies share a director.
The soundtrack features songs from artists such as Jay-Z, Beyonce, Andre 3000, will.i.am, Gotye, Florence + The Machine and Jack White.
An all-star cast was enlisted to play the well-known characters in this movie.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays the title character of Jay Gatsby alongside Tobey Maguire, who plays Nick, and Carey Mulligan, who plays Daisy. Isla Fisher plays Myrtle Wilson.
As someone who typically despises movie adaptations of books, I am cautiously excited for this movie to come out.
I have had a special place in my heart for the book since I read it in high school.
I was enchanted by the fancy parties, the 1920s lifestyle and this Daisy character who drove two men absolutely crazy.
When I saw the spectacular visuals of the new adaptation in previews, I was once again enchanted by all things "Gatsby".
However, when I first heard that most of the music on the soundtrack would be Hip hop-based, I was a little confused. I am not sure how that will work with the 1920s setting of the movie.
Also, I have heard the violent-sounding version of “Happy Together” by Filter on the previews.
While I think it was an interesting take on the song and portrays Gatsby’s obsessive need to be with Daisy, I am not sure my ears can handle an entire movie with that kind of music.
But when I heard will.i.am’s 1920s-themed contribution to the track, my faith in the movie and excitement to see it became as big as Gatsby’s mansion.
The modern-day artists mixed with the music that matches the time of the movie is a genius idea, and I am really excited to see how it plays out on screen.
Although "Titanic" came out when I was only 6 years old, I was still enchanted by Leonardo DiCaprio, along with everyone else, because he was the biggest heartthrob of the time.
I am confident that he will do Jay Gatsby justice with this movie and I cannot wait to see his portrayal.
On the other hand, I am not sure if Tobey Maguire was the right choice for Nick. I am not too enthusiastic about seeing Spider Man as Nick Carraway, but I am willing to reserve my judgment until I see the movie.
I do not have much experience with Carey Mulligan, but I love her as Daisy in the previews. I think she is Daisy personified and she seems to embody the character wholeheartedly.
One of the most important aspects to watch for is going to be whether or not the movie sticks to the plot of the book. From the previews, it is easy to tell that this movie will most likely do that.
From the lavish parties to the green light to the all-seeing eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, the major themes and catalysts of the story all seem to be there.
This new adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” is going to be an interesting look at mixing modern-day actors and singers with a 1920s setting and a timeless story.
One thing is for sure, it will be a unique experience for moviegoers.