Monday, September 4, 2017

New Gatsby vs. Old

My youngest son is reading The Great Gatsby for his junior year high school English class and asked me to get the Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan version of the movie released back on 2013. Happy to do it, because two years ago my oldest son read it and also wanted to watch that version of the film.

I watched with both kids and thoroughly enjoyed the production. I also read the book in high school and loved it. Glad to report that my kids love the book as well!

Way back in the Dark Ages, 1974 to be exact, I remember the release of another version of The Great Gatsby starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. I was pretty young back then, but I remember all the hype about the movie. I never saw it, although a few years later it was on TV. I think I watched a little of it (less than an hour maybe), but remember being pretty bored by it.

Well, I'm significantly older now and I've read the book. After watching the new version of Gatsby twice, I thought perhaps I'd give the 1974 version a try. But then I read a review. Sounds like it was a bomb and failed at the box office!

Time is valuable, so I decided to forget about watching the older version. However, if you've seen the old and the new version of The Great Gatsby, which did you like best?

Thanks for visiting and have a great week!


Norma said...

I haven't seen either one, but I did read the book. It was required reading in my literature class in college. I liked it, but I can't say I loved it.

Maria McKenzie said...

It's a good story:). I think it's required reading along the way in high school or college, but my husband has never read it.

William Kendall said...

I've read the book, saw the Redford movie too (there's a television movie from the early 2000s with Mira Sorvino in the cast). I prefer the book.

I will not see the DiCaprio version, for the simple reason that I can't stand the actor.

Maria McKenzie said...

@William: I didn't know about the 2000 version. My hubby is like that about actors. Sometimes if he can't stand a particular actor he'll refuse to see their films;). He does make an exception now and then, but not that often!