By Sara Nesbitt & Jamie Murphy
All-time bestselling American Novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ has been a success since 1925, still being read by people all over the world. The long awaited movie that came out in May had high expectations from people of all ages.
The book has sold over 25 million copies over the world, and is still continuing to sell thousands of copies each year.
Tabloids predicted the Great Gatsby will be the hottest movie of the summer– Was it worth the wait?
English teacher Ms. Pahomov having taught the book for years, has a different perspective on the movie. “The movie was kind of overkill for me — I think of the book as being more intimate, having a small scope, and then all of the CGI and drama was just too much.” she said.
There were a few high points of the movie for Pahomov however, “I appreciated that they showed Gatsby’s orange juice machine, and that Gatsby and Nick pass a car full of rich black folk on their way to New York.” she said.
Junior Helen Kilmartin and Sarah-Charlotte Brown read the book in their English class this year and went to see the movie opening night–dressing up for the occasion. “The modern music with an old background was a nice modern twist.” Helen said. “I liked the casting too.”
“ Fitzgerald’s writing style and description of images, the movie can’t match the book.” said Sarah.
Not many from the SLA community have seen the movie yet… but the Juniors from Ms. Rami’s English class are planning to see it May 30th.
Aside from the mixed reviews, the highly anticipated film is sure to be an interesting experience for anyone who has read the book.