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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is considered by many to be the greatest book ever written, and as a result has impacted many lives. It's an inspirational tome simply from an authorial perspective, namely in its striking themes, incredible characters and ability to both capture and deconstruct an era. It turns out that one of the people influenced by the timeless novel is Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin - who showed his own fanhood by writing a film review of Baz Luhrmann's recently-released adaptation.
After seeing the new movie last week the best-selling author took to his Live Journal account to express both his passion for Fitzgerald's work and his opinion of the new movie - which he absolutely loved. In his review he praises the film's visual style, the use of Fitzgerald's own prose in the script, and the performances by Carey Mulligan and Leonardo diCaprio - the latter of whom the author wasn't so sure about as a fan when he first heard about the casting. Wrote Martin,
The central flaw with the Robert Redford GATSBY is Redford himself. A fine actor, certainly, but far too handsome, graceful, self-assured, and in command of every scene to be convincing as Jay Gatsby. Robert Redford is one of the golden people, and Jay Gatsby is desperately TRYING to be one of the golden people, to aspire to everything that comes naturally to Redford, and that distinction is crucial... and ultimately as one of the things that sank the Redford film. I was afraid the Luhrmann version would suffer the same way. I've liked Leonardo diCaprio ever since I first saw him in THE QUICK AND THE DEAD (a guilty favorite) as The Kid, but in that, in TITANIC, and in all his major roles, he's comes across as cocky, brash, self-assured, handsome, with a swagger to him that suggests that he knows who he is and is unafflicted by doubts or fears... all of which is the antithesis of Gatsby.
Be sure to click the Live Journal link above to read the full thing. Given Martin's work and exposure to the film/television world as an author it's interesting to hear his opinion about one of his favorite works being adapted. For another perspective on the movie, be sure to check out the review written by our own Katey Rich.