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The Great Gatsby

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Teachers, buy it for the extras!

    As an added bonus, the A&E biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald is included on this DVD! And it is excellent. (Buy it for that if nothing else, and use bits of the film to supplement the book.) I felt the movie was a close addaptation of the book, and I liked the portrayals of Daisy, Nick and Gatsby better in this version. The Robert Redford version does have better parties, but I like the convenience of a DVD to show to classes.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Just not....as good as it could have been

    The casting in this production is strange. I liked Toby Stephens' Gatsby even those he's not American. His American accent is almost flawless and he does look the part. I think Stephens appropriately conveyed Gatsby's phoniness and his desperation. I did not understand why they cast Mira Sorvino as Daisy. Her voice was not "full of money", she was not what I imagined Daisy to look like, she's Italian-American - not a WASP, and she had long hair instead of the bob. Her performance was dreadful acting-wise. I do not think she had a handle on who exactly Daisy Buchanan was. It's like she had never read the book. I liked the casting of Paul Rudd as Nick, but he could have developed the character further. I just felt that this production could have been so much better if the filmmakers had really studied the novel more and made better casting choices. I doubt there will ever be a film of The Great Gatsby that lives up to the novel.

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