Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Adapting to Remakes

To channel the Halloween spirit, a friend and I went out and saw Paranormal Activity 3.  Sadly, I was only possessed with the urge to nap.  I will admit, though, that I’m probably not the one to judge, since I’m not a big fan of horror and I missed the first two installments - but if it is any indication of the film’s creepiness, there was a pep squad of teenage girls sitting behind me, and even they couldn’t muster a squeal of engagement (there was one tense scene where the lead character had to come to grips with his friend stealing books from a library- eek).
The thing that did grab my attention that evening was a preview for the film adaptation of Steig Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon TattooWhat was interesting about it was that I had already seen that movie.  Judging by the two minute preview, director David Fincher just superimposed Daniel Craig and the English language into the 2009 Swedish version of the film.  So, if you are willing to forgo a little Hollywood sheen, you can borrow this winter’s blockbuster presently at the library.

Another remake of an adaptation coming down the pike will be of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great GatsbyMaybe you are thinking - Why remake the Great Gatsby?  The 1974 Robert Redford version is already in English – and the answer to that is obvious:  Because it’s not in 3-D! (Really.)  Baz Luhrmann will be directing, and Leonardo DiCaprio starring in, this unexpected take on the American classic.  Just imagine: the sycophants from Manhattan having descended upon West Egg, tippling Gin Rickeys on Jay Gatsby’s dime, musing about their host’s vague origins, all in three glorious dimensions!  I don’t get it either.  Maybe the market is high school students who don’t want to do their assigned reading.   If you happen to fall into that category and your assignment is due before December 2012, we have the 1974 version of the film at the library and, of course, the book (it’s a quick read). 

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