BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
Year Released: 1974
How It Fared Back Then: While the movie is very, very true to the book, it’s a little bland. Granted, Fitzgerald didn’t exactly have the most emphatic writing style. The film was criticized for being devoid of any believable emotion in the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy or the portrayal of the Roaring 20s.
Why It’s Lasted: For starters, the book is a classic and will continue to be a classic until high school teachers find something new to incorporate into their English class curriculum. And even then, it’ll for sure still be a classic. This movie was no doubt the cinematic companion to the book that you got to watch on those rare, yet coveted days where you actually got to watch a movie in class. Sadly, I was not privy to reading the book or watching the movie in school, but did so on my own time. Also, you can’t forget how much of a big deal Robert Redford or Mia Farrow were and still are as veterans of classic films.
- When Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston) walks in to see his cousin Daisy (Mia Farrow) is lounging carelessly on the couch–she plays the “beautiful little fool” so well.
- The first party scene: Tom Buchanan showing his true colours by slapping his mistress, one of Myrtle’s friends telling Nick that Daisy is keeping Tom and Myrtle apart because she is a “Cath-o-lyck”. That whole scene is just so fantastically awful.
- Everytime Nick asks “Who?” and everyone matter-of-factly replies, “Gatsby.”
- Of course, when Daisy and Gatsby see each other again for the first time in years.
- Myrtle. Poor, poor Myrtle.
- The end. I won’t spoil it in case you’re saving yourself for Leo, but even considering the era this movie was released, that crucial scene was very well-executed.
Does It Still Hold Up? For now, yes, though once Leo makes his grand appearance as Jay Gatsby, we all may be whistling another tune. Ask me again after May 10.