After seeingÂ The Great GatsbyÂ in hip-hopified 3D, Senior Editor Peter Suderman writes that he's looking forward to the other similarly hip updates on other early-20thÂ century literary classics that are sure to follow if the newÂ GatsbyÂ is a success. Imagine:Â Ulysses, in IMAX!Â The Old Man and the Sea, the Ride!Â The Awakening, in Smell-o-Vision! Director Baz Luhrmannâ€™s ecstatic, occasionally spastic, adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgeraldâ€™s 1925 novel isnâ€™t much less ridiculous than any of those ideas, yet whatâ€™s surprising is that some of it works anywayâ€”not in spite of Luhrmannâ€™s revisionism, but because of it. What Luhrmann loses in nuance and tonal faithfulness he makes up for with glitz and zest. The director doesnâ€™t adapt the book so much as extract its key components, strap on some fireworks, and then let the whole thing explode.
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