The Blockbuster Report
It weekend number two of the summer movie season and we follow up a comic book movie with an adaptation of one of the most classic and iconic pieces of literature – The Great Gatsby. Gatsby was supposed to be released last December, but the producers made the decision to move it to this summer.
The adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s greatest work stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the title character, with supporting help from Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Carey Mulligan. It has been garnering mixed reviews so far, but it is still my Film to See of the weekend, as I think this take on the classic deserves viewing, especially considering the interesting music in the soundtrack.
Peeples is the other film widely released this weekend, and with Gatsby and the return of Iron Man 3, it will likely flop, and it looks pretty bad anyway.
Limited release films include: Eli Roth’s Aftershock, horror flick No One Lives, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, and Assault on Wall Street. None of them look worth your time, or mine.
Where do the Movies Come From?
The Great Gatsby obviously hails from the Fitzgerald novel, and Peeples is an original screenplay, putting our new counts at:
Oscarwatch (Not including this weekend’s films)
2) Upstream Color
3) The Place Beyond the Pines
4) What Maisie Knew
5) Iron Man 3
7) Side Effects
8) The Croods
9) Warm Bodies
10) The Iceman
New additions: What Maisie Knew (#4), Iron Man 3 (#5), The Iceman (#10)
Departures: Stoker (#8), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (#9), Evil Dead (#10)