Mary Poppins Returns
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Unfortunately, the movie version misses many of its opportunities.
Elliott Nugent's direction skips along the surface of the era depicted. The script doesn't give him much substance to work with.
Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum have achieved a dutiful plotting of the novel without the substance of life that made it stick.
This scores over Jack Clayton's lavish and longer 1974 version by the casting of Alan Ladd as Gatsby, so much more convincing as a man with a dark and mysterious past than one-dimensional glamour-puss Robert Redford.
An interesting, film noir-ish take on the novel. The screenplay takes some liberties with the source material but (Alan) Ladd gives an exceptionally sensitive performance as the lovelorn millionaire. Excellent supporting cast.
Elliott Nugent directs with some atmospheric touches, but can't counter screenwriter Richard Maibaum's verbosity.
A large part of what makes this version work is the glacial central presence of Alan Ladd, who's quite convincing as a man with a mysterious past.
Not much is made of the 20s Long Island setting and, like the other film versions, it fails to capture the elusive style of the novel.
Ladd is a excellent choice for Gatsby and Shelley Winters perfect for Myrtle but the film is hampered by miscasting in most every other role. The flat look of the film betrays the luxury settings inherent in the book. Not bad but surely not a definitive version.
Not as bad as the 2001 addaption, but not much better.
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