The Book vs the Movie: The Great Gatsby

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Picture Source: www.beyondhollywood.com
Picture Source: http://www.beyondhollywood.com

Book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925

Movie directed by Baz Luhrmann, 2013

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Generally considered to be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s finest novel, The Great Gatsby is a consummate summary of the ‘roaring twenties’ and a devastating exposé of the shallowness of the ‘Jazz Age’. Through the narration of Nick Carraway, the reader is taken into the superficially glittering world of the mansions which lined the Long Island shore in the 1920’s, to encounter Nick’s cousin Daisy, her brash but wealthy husband Tom Buchanan, Jay Gatsby and the dark mystery which surrounds him.

The Great Gatsby is an undisputed classic of American literature from the period following the First World War, and is one of the great novels of the twentieth century.

 

 

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

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Picture Source: http://www.impawards.com

 

Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 4 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: Dialogue/character depth

Things the Movie Did Better: Leonardo DiCaprio was a fantastic Gatsby, the setting was even better than I pictured it, good cast overall. The scene in which Gatsby shows Daisy and Nick his house seemed stronger than in the book.

Verdict?: The book.

Why?: While the movie was enjoyable, I liked the book better.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

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