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03.30.2006 By: Sturdy
G order
Director:
Christopher Scott Cherot

Actors:
Richard T. Jones
Blair Underwood
Chenoa Maxwell

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Hip-hop meets the Hamptons in this urban re-telling of F. Scott Fitzgeraldís masterpiece The Great Gatsby. A wealthy record producer attempts to rekindle an old romance with a college sweetheart. Unfortunately, sheís married to a man that doesnít appreciate her and cheats on her regularly.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iím pretty sure this isnít what Mr. Fitzgerald had in mind when he wrote the Great Gatsby, but Iím also pretty sure the filmmakers of G didnít read the book anyway. This film is as bland as they come and lives and dies by how much we invest in the struggles of the characters. Unfortunately for this film, it didnít work because it didnít spend any time building up the characters and therefore, we donít care what happens to them.

Also, there are a few things to keep in mind when youíre trying to convince people you didnít make a run-of-the-mill B-movie. First, donít leave in scenes where you can see reflections and glares off of the camera (as he did in the party scenes). Second, donít include a musical score that sounded like bad-porno reject music (I canít believe this music was from the same guy that composed the ROCKY score). Third, when your actors speak too fast and slur their words, have them redo the scenes, donít just leave it in there. Finally, you canít expect sympathy from an audience when you kill off a character that we know nothing about.

This actually couldíve been a decent film. If you added a little back-story into the two main characters and cut out some of the meaningless supporting roles, it wouldíve worked a little better. I just never got the feeling the director felt comfortable with what he was doing or the story he was filming. For the most part, he had talented enough actors carrying out the script, but they suffered from some questionable decisions and a script that wasnít very well written.
THE EXTRAS
None except for some Trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Iím not sure if the film makers tried too hard or not hard enough. Either way, this story, in this setting, with this director, did not work well at all. Regardless of what type of film youíre looking for, you can find something better than G.
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