Thursday, 2 August 2012

Books > Films

So many books being made into films these days and this year seems to have two of the best literary classics turned into motion pictures. 

Jack Kerouac's On the Road gets the hollywood treatment and stars Sam Riley of Control fame, Kristen Stewart (As if you don't know what she's been in) and my favourite teeny blonde Kirsten Dunst. Out in September, it has already faced a lot of criticism and mixed reviews, however i think this can be expected with a story as classic as On the Road. I'm quite keen to see, especially as it has been directed by Walter Salles who also did the Motorcycle diaries which i happen to think is excellent.

Next up is Baz Luhrman's adaptation of The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
This one really has had an obscene amount of money thrown at it. Starring Leo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Toby Mcguire and out on Christmas day, it's sure to be up for some costume awards at the Oscars. Not sure how i feel about it. I was very excited about it at first but i have an inkling that it might be a little too big, shiny and glamorous. Typical blockbuster when really it should be toned down and spectacular in a way that Coco avant Chanel was. I'm sure it will do well at the box office but may not go down too well with fans of the novel. We shall see..

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