Review: The Great Gatsby

After four wildly different tries at bringing F. Scott Fitzgerald's much-admired tome The Great Gatsby to the silver screen, I'm starting to think it may simply be unadaptable. Maybe the acknowledgement of such will keep hubristic filmmakers like Baz Luhrmann from dusting off the text every few decades to try, try again. The book, a mainstay of Honors English classes across the country, retains much of its appeal thanks to its vivid depiction of the roaring '20s and the simple poetry of its central arc, and the inability of Hollywood hands to properly crack it remains something of a head-scratcher to me.

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