I love Leonardo DiCaprio just as much as the next person, possibly more, so I am always paying attention to what he's working on and when it's scheduled to be released. This weekend is one of those great times when a new Leo movie is set to hit theaters. "The Great Gatsby" is the long-awaited release based on the popular F. Scott Fitzgerald book of the same name.
Now, I've never actually read the book. But considering the reviews I have heard from friends and people here at the office, I am not sure if I want to; but being a good little book nerd, I probably will at some point. However, I probably won't get to it before I see the movie, which is pretty much a crime, but in this case a Baz Luhrmann film begs to be seen on the silver screen. As DiCaprio's second time being in a Lurhmann production, "Romeo & Juliet" being his first, I expect it will be pretty great.
In honor of "Gatsby" I have been contemplating books that have been turned into movies. I pondered what my classifications would be and whether it should be good films, or good renditions of those books, or even the really bad ones. In the attempt to stay positive, I thought about what I consider the best book to movie renditions; it was rough. So I decided to come up with my top five worst films taken from books. My qualifications for this list are: I must have read the book as well as seen the movie, it has to have been decently mainstream and it's not about whether the movie or book was great, it's the following of the story line I'm most concerned about. Example: I have heard "Twilight" was terrible, but I never actually saw it, so it is not included in this list.