Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Films I don't want to see

I see they have made a new film of The Great Gatsby. I saw the original 1974 film with Robert Redford many moons ago, but as one of my very favourite books, which I've read a few times, I have such a clear vision of it, that I really don't want to spoil it. It's not that I'm not a Baz Luhrman fan either, I really loved Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge, but the trailer for this scared me! I know you can't please all the people all of the the time and it must be very hard translating such a famous a book to the screen, but in my head The Great Gatsby is all shot in the golden hour, it's hot and dusty, and sultry, and subtle. This doesn't look subtle. Oh well. It looks incredible, but as a fan of the book, it's just not for me.



Have you been disappointed by film versions of your favourite books? Which ones? I didn't see One Day either (also a favourite book). When I saw who was in it I just couldn't do it!


p.s. Kellie just sent through this from the blog Letters of Note. It's gorgeous! Love how his editor describes the atmosphere of the book so perfectly. And that's exactly why this trailer doesn't sit right with me. Thanks Kellie!

13 comments:

  1. I did a post on this last week as I really want to see it! I think Baz Luhrman's take on things is always interesting and visually stunning, especially on the big screen. But I haven't read it since I was a teenager and I'm forgetting the main elements of the story - so I haven't any clear images in my head of the plot/characters. But I know exactly what you mean. Last night I saw the trailer for One for the Money (based on the Janet Evanovich books). I wanted to weep it looks so awful. x

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  2. Yes, I agree about Gatsby. Robert Redford is Gatsby to me for all the same reasons as you've written... Leo looks like a greasy mafia don ;) The trailer seemed hard from beginning to end and didn't have that sense of living in a dream with the veil being snatched away at some point. It was kind of a hard cynicism from start to finish.
    I don't know the other book but I'm going to look it up - looks very interesting. Thanks for the recommendation Fran :) Kx

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  3. Also one of my favourite books and I won't be watching the film. The main reason for me though is that I just cannot bear Leonardo DiCaprio. I only have to see his face and I'm irritated. That play button there is very fortunately placed! Have a nice day x

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  4. jen - that's funny, i will check out your post. visually i love baz luhrmann but this doesn't look right to me. and the soundtrack, what a racket! (in my mother's voice!) x

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  5. kylie - one day is a wonderful book. highly recommend it. x

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  6. Reading this at work so can't watch the video. Is it just me or is Leo's hairline creeping upward? I also only read the book in school so don't have a strong memory of it. Definitely some movies I shouldn't have watched - Captain Correlli's Mandolin for one.

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  7. This will turn you off even more .... did you know it was shot in 3D?? Shane worked on it (as well as a lot of my friends), so I visited the sets quite a lot and watched a bit of filming. I think it'll look really incredible. But it will be a totally different feel to the original. Nothing could match that! But I'm still looking forward to it. Kellie xx

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  8. I seem to have a vision much like yours. The golden hour, indeed. The trailer looks nothing like my rather understated vision, but I'm still going to go see the film and try to think of it as something entirely different than the book. I couldn't miss out on all the fancy dresses! I do think my reading experience is sacred enough to endure this :)

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  9. still haven't decided about this, as it too is one of my favourite books. but as for one day, i totally agree. when i saw it was anne hathaway that was it!
    x

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  10. PS literally 5 minutes after leaving my previous comment, I came across this. Not sure the book would have been the same had it been called Gold-hatted Gatsby?
    http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/07/the-novel-is-wonder.html

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  11. kaija - maybe you're right. maybe think of it as something entirely different, and hopefully the next time i read it, my original vision will still be there. lovely to see you here! x

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  12. Not looking forward to this film for the same reasons you mentioned. As an English teacher, I would show my students parts of Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet to talk about interpreting the story. . .but the interesting thing there is all the interpretations of Shakespeare. Not sure I want to see a different interpretation of Gatsby.

    I almost always like books better than their movies. I did like The Lord of the Rings movies, though. I hated Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - don't really like Sandra Bullock. True Grit was decent, but the book itself is much much better. I hated the new Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightly. ha - I could go on!

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  13. I hear you, but I'm still intrigued to see this version. As for Leonardo... Well, it will be interesting, I think. It doesn't seem that long ago that he was a kid in Gilbert Grape, then a baby-faced Romeo and now - a middle-aged Gatsby!

    I stayed away from One Day also for the same reasons you did :-)

    I recently read, then saw the film We Need to Talk about Kevin. I think that was a good adaptation. I also enjoyed the film version of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which was a fantastic book. Oh, and The Hours... Ah!

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