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The Great Gatsby (1974)
Only good for comedy value- a great book ruined.
It should have been great- the casting of Redford and Farrow suggested glamour, but the result was almost farcical. Over-dramatisation of ridiculous moments- Gatsby (Redford) clenches his fist, and Daisy (Farrow) lets out a hideous scream and runs from the room - lets down what starts as a promising film. It is really the comedic quality of some of the acting that lets it down. Tom Buchanan is portrayed perfectly, and Nick Carraway is suitably distant. Redford would have been better had he a less hysterical actress to play off - it is really Farrow's performance that undermines the drama of the film. She is hyperbolic in every scene, making those that could have been brilliant, into a laughing stock. Every scene without her is glamorous, and well-acted. She brings down the tone of the film - she may have the look, and yes, Daisy Buchanan IS an over-the-top character, but she is supposed to be tragic, not funny. The worst moment is the painfully slow facial expressions, especially when she sees George Wilson, and realises that she has killed his wife. It could have been a poignant moment, had it not have been the most conscious example of over-acting the world has ever seen. So, yes, it could have been good. Brilliant, even. But Farrow's Daisy spoils it beyond redemption.