THE GREAT GATSBY (movie review)



After reading the book and watching (and reviewing!) the newest Great Gatsby incarnation, I rented the 1974 version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in order to compare.

Both versions do stick closely to the content and dialogue of the novel, which is greatly appreciated, and Robert Redford made a fabulous Gatsby, with a steady, unfazable elegance that seemed at times more genuine than DiCaprio’s.

The rest of the movie, however, seemed pale and meandering after watching the new “jazzed-up” 2013 version.  Though only two minutes longer (144 min vs the new version at 142 min), it seems much longer with all of the soft, dreamlike shots.  The actors play their characters well in this version, but Tom Buchanan is hardly a “hulking” figure, Myrtle not  nearly as bold, and even Daisy herself doesn’t seem to have as much of the sweet golden-girl innocence as the book and the newer version of the movie depict.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed our Classics Retold project as much as I have!


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