Currently, there is a new film version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby playing in the movie theaters. It's a big time production starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, and its executive producer is none other than Jay-Z, that lucky rich dude married to Beyonce. It's a bona-fide hit, eclipsing the original film adaptation made in 1974. But did you know that there was actually another version of this movie made in 2002? Well, sort of.
The film I am referring to is G, a modern day adaptation of Fitzgerald's classic; many of the locations and characters are essentially the same. G is multimillionaire rapper Summer G (Richard T. Jones of Nikita and Hawaii Five-0). "G" made his fortune creating a hip hop empire, but despite the money, the fame, the parties, hangers on, and the house in The Hamptons, "G" is a lonely man. He has been pining over losing the love of his life back in college. Despite the fact that ten years has passed, he has yet to get over it. Tre (Andre Royo of The Wire), a magazine writer from Manhattan, arrives in town to interview Summer G. Needing a place to crash while in The Hamptons, Tre stops by his wealthy cousin Sky's place. Sky (played by the beautiful Chenoa Maxwell) is married to Chip (Blair Underwood), a womanizing, brutal and manipulative stockbroker. Despite having money and a nice house on the beach, all is not well; Sky and Chip have some serious issues, namely his philandering and fooling around. When Tre goes to interview Summer for the first time, Sky tags along. They arrive during one of Summer G's huge parties, and in a sea of people, Sky and G's eyes meet-but not for the first time! It turns out that the woman that "G" never got over was the woman standing before him, Tre's cousin, Sky. Oh snap!
Will "G" reclaim his true love? Will Sky leave her brute of a husband to be with the only man she's ever really loved? I can't give away too much without giving away the film. You just have to see it. It wasn't exactly Oscar material, but it's a good film. I loved Blair Underwood's role in the film. I know the ladies love him as the hunky good guy, but Underwood is at his best when he's a bad-ass. And in this film, he is; even though in the film he presents himself as an educated, well mannered man, he is in fact a gun toting, woman beating beast. And the rapper Summer G is characterized as a quiet, introspective good guy. And I really loved Chenoa Maxwell. I first remember seeing her in 1997's Hav Plenty. She is absolutely gorgeous. She hasn't made too many movies as of late; she saved up her Hollywood money, went to Europe to study, and nowadays she's a world renowned photographer. You can check out her work at http://www.chenoamaxwell.com/. And you have to check out this film. It's currently available on Crackle and Amazon Video.