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When Great Gatsby met Jay Z

May 23, 2012

Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald, la crème de la crème of American literature and one of my personal favourites, is being transferred to the big screen for the second time, this time under the creative eye of Baz Luhrmann. Of course, this is not the first time Luhrmann has interfered with everything sacred (see his adaptation on Romeo & Juliet). However is his work an example of poetic license, creative genius or plain odd offensive to the arts? When in the same trailer one finds the roaring 20s accompanied by Jay Z, Leonardo di Caprio and endless cinematic exuberance, one has to ask: Have we crossed the line?

Call me narrow minded, but a movie will never live up to the magic of iconic literature so let’s just appreciate the movie for what it really is. A great opportunity to lure the masses by promising image sensation, an oversimplified plot stripped from any deeper, thought provoking meaning. Because in this time and age, image will always sell more.

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