The Great Gatsby


Jack Clayton's stately, faithful F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation

Here’s hoping Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great novel redresses the balance of Jack Clayton’s, a stately, faithful adaptation (penned by Francis Ford Coppola) that offers plenty of show but not a great deal of soul.

Robert Redford and Mia Farrow barely seem acquainted as the ex-lovers reunited on 1920s Long Island; at times, their sweaty brows make them look less in the throes of passion than in need of a good sit-down.

Sam Waterston, meanwhile, makes a bland job of narrator Nick Carraway, but at least  Bruce Dern and Karen Black bring pizzazz to the party as Farrow’s thug of a husband and his mistress respective.

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