Words and images are two different media, so a novel and a movie are two different kinds of art forms. Sometimes a good written story can be told visually, but if what makes the novel good is its language, that may not translate at all into motion pictures. I don’t know if the movie version of The Great Gatsby (in 3-D, no less!) is worthy of Fitzgerald’s novel or if it might possibly be a good movie in its own right. I haven’t seen it, so you tell me.
But I was struck with this example of a genre in its own right, the movie review, by a master of the form, Rex Reed, who eviscerates the Gatsby movie with razor-sharp words: [Read more…]