Movie Rehash- Next up: Gatsby

21 Apr 2011 | from

“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, including The 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.

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