My problem with "The Great Gatsby" has nothing to do with it being an adaptation.
I Hate "The Great Gatsby"
I was forced to read "The Great Gatsby" in school. Normally, I never minded reading class material because I love to read, but I struggled through the book. OK, I'll tell you a secret: I never finished reading it. I ended up reading the Cliff Notes. After that, a part of me felt like I had secretly bonded with my other classmates that always did the same thing.
I will never understand how it is considered a classic. A discussion on the many reasons why would take too long.
Why is it in 3D?
I'm sick of 3D movies already. I saw "Coraline" in theaters and could not stop talking about it for days after. I cheered on the 3D format...until everything suddenly came out in 3D. And it has become ridiculous. Someone makes a movie and tosses in some random 3D just so they can sell tickets at a higher price.
The same is with "The Great Gatsby." There is nothing in the story that could use 3D, unless you count one speeding bullet. I've heard, from people who have seen the movie, that most of the 3D is used during car chases. Car chases in "The Great Gatsby"? *facepalm*
I've Heard About the Music
Apparently, the film is getting some notice for its mix of music from that time period and music of today. To be fair, the movie was made by Baz Luhrman and he gave us "Moulin Rouge," but what worked for Moulin Rouge doesn't necessarily work for "The Great Gatsby." Especially, his choice of modern music. Yuck.
Amitabh Bachchan Isn't Jewish
This is just a tiny issue, but it bugs me nonetheless. I'm probably the one person that cares. Amitabh Bachchan is a very famous Bollywood actor. His first American film is "The Great Gatsby." He plays Meyer Wolfshiem. Bachchan is a Hindu. His brief appearance in the film stands out because he doesn't look the part at all.
Apparently, "The Great Gatsby" is getting some pretty bad reviews. This doesn't surprise me at all, despite it being hyped as the "great American movie" made by an Australian.