Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Movie Rehash- Next up: Gatsby

“It is invariably saddening to look through new eyes at things upon which you have expended your own powers of adjustment.”
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Leonardo DiCaprio will have to go a long way to prove a worthy successor to Robert Redford when he and Baz Luhrmann take on a 3D re-telling of The Great Gatsby.
3D. Really? Will the audience be im-Myrtlized in death beneath Tom’s car, or will the sloshed champagne from Jay’s West Egg parties dampen our seats? Either way- does it NEED to? Aren’t Fitzgerald’s classic characters and timeless words enough?
Hollywood continues to attempt to improve upon- or capitalize on- successes of the past.  This month we’ve seen Arthur (the original is a mere 30 years old) re-made to mixed reviews, and a full slate of remakes are rumored to be in production, includingThe Crow and Footloose (both to the dismay of the diehards).  There have been recent re-inventions of The Karate Kid, Nightmare on Elm Street, Tron and Clash of the Titans, and even television series have not been spared, with the release of the A-Team movie (Dwight Shultz is the ONLY Howling Mad Murdock in my book) and the Miami Vice that left a Michael Mann-shaped hole in my heart.

1 comment:

Vladimir Kozlov said...

From the one side, the most of fans of the old movie will say "the previous version was much better than remake"; from the another side we can't always definitely say that old actors were better or worse than new - they are just different, and the new cinema technologies always will lead to a new traditions (e.g. 3D, some cool VFX, etc.). However, for most people the first impression is always stronger than subsequent; maybe the old movie just reminds them the old good times when they were younger - who knows... But, as Ecclesiastes said many centuries ago - "Do not say, 'Why is it that the former days were better than these?'" :) Maybe the best day is tomorrow, and the best movie wasn't filmed yet? :)