Last week the box office partied like it was 1925 with the release of the Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated adaptation of that high-school English class classic: The Great Gatsby. The masses flocked to the cinema to get a glimpse of America’s favorite novel about the American dream—hint, it’s actually not about the American dream—remastered with hip song mash-ups, glittering CG backdrops, and perhaps one of the best performances by Leonardo DiCaprio as the charismatic, Jay Gatsby.
Unfortunately the critics seem to be snubbing the film, and with a dismal score of 49% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film stands in some sort of limbo: it seems you either hate it and think it’s a travesty to the memory of F. Scott, or you don’t and seek to defend it till the bitter-end. So what does this English major think of the film? Well – I can only say this much: You really can’t relive the past, and if you’re going to walk into this film, you got to let go of your expectations of the novel in order to give Luhrmann’s vision a chance.
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