The Great Gatsby Critical Movie Review
The Great Gatsby is a movie that was made in 1974 by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Jack Clayton, produced by David Merrick, which was taken from the screenplay written by Francis Ford Coppola. The movie is based off the 1925 novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the main actors in the movie are Robert Redford (Jay Gatsby), Mia Farrow (Daisy Buchanan), Bruce Dern (Tom Buchanan), and Sam Waterson (Nick Carraway). Although the movie didn’t go over very well with the critics, Theoni V. Aldredge’s stunning costume designs and Nelson Riddle’s background music won the film two Oscars. The movie starts off when Nick moves into his new home, which is right next door to a big mansion. Nick is curious about his neighbor who is always throwing fancy parties but keeps to himself. This mysterious man is Jay Gatsby; he befriends Nick but never reveals the source of his wealth. Nick becomes best friends with Jay and is living the high life, but it seems the only thing that Jay cares about is winning the affection of Nick’s cousin, Daisy. Daisy is married to another rich man, Tom, who doesn’t seem to care for her too much and is actually physically abusive towards her, but she gets to live a more-than-comfortable life so why leave him? The whole movie is a big love battle between Gatsby and Daisy. He is trying to win a second chance with her, but she keeps going back and forth between Jay and Tom and can’t decide which man to love. So how else for this book to end beside everyone living miserable lives? This movie paints a good picture of all the prosperity that American’s had in the 1920s and how badly they didn’t want to give it up. The Great Gatsby teaches the classic value that money can’t buy happiness. Jay thought he could just live the fast life and party all the time, but that isn’t what wins over the girl. Another common theme in The Great Gatsby is the yearning to live the “American dream”. Daisy figured if she could...
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