I am as excited about the release of ‘The Great Gatsby’ movies as much as the next Jazz Age and modernism enthusiast. After I discovered this marvel in uni, I spent ample of my time over analyzing all the various events that take place on East Egg and West Egg, and what FSF was trying to say.
I’m now however quite scared that the movie might not give the book justice, and how could it, we are only talking about one of the greatest modernist writers to have ever graced us.
I suppose what is quite scary about this is the realization that once I do see the movie, whatever alternate movie that has already been created in my head after reading the book so many times, is going to be at at best distorted.
It is indeed a delicate balance, because so much resources and effort has been put into the movie, yet Hollywood does have this bad habit of ultimately caring more about profits than about artistic integrity. Alas, it will be quite sad if the movie was produced for the mass market. But ‘The Great Gatsby’ remains, and Mr Fitzgerald’s world at West Egg remains, and those words no matter how many times reproduced, remain. Hence why I will go into the movies not worried about the legacy of Mr Fitzgerald, but the legacy of modernist fiction as a whole.