Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The great Gatsby by Jack Clayton, 1974 (PG)
with Robert Redford (Out of Africa), Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Scott Wilson, Sam Waterston, Lois Chiles, Howard Da Silva, Roberts Blossom, Edward Herrmann
Mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby is obsessed with Daisy Buchanan in this 1974 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel. Beyond Gatsby's grasp, Daisy is married to unfaithful Tom, making for a love triangle that ends with broken hearts.
The 1974 version is a much milder one, compared to the 2013 Baz Luhrmann crazy Great Gatsby, with an extravagance of the lifestyle not that unusual nowadays, the characters are not as intense, less of a caricature in some ways. The story doesn't explain the past of Gatsby, doesn't give as many explanation, it has perhaps more symbolism. I have to say tho that I found DiCaprio a much more convincing Gatsby than Redford in the sense that somehow, Redford always look indifferent to emotions, whether it is in Out of Africa or The Horse Whisperer. It feels likes in his eyes, wanting Daisy is the right thing to do, this is not attractive. Mia Farrow's voice is absolutely irritating, shrilling, and her fake facial expressions make her difficult to grasp, and therefor to like. Deceived overall...