I didn't buy that she was shallow enough or vapid enough to do what she did. Her compliments to Nick at the beginning seem sincere when they should just be inane babble
My quibbles are about slight details and minor interpretations
That's the problem...I don't think your first "quote" is a "slight detail". In this particular adaptation Daisy has far too many redeeming qualities (including what you mentioned about her feelings toward Gatsby). In the book Daisy revels in being the "beautiful little fool" throughout, acting without care or deference. It simply does not come off here at all.
They also missed the mark on the scene at the Plaza...considering how much tension there was in the book, it felt hollow. Turning Carraway into an alcoholic in a sanitarium was simply lazy...it eliminated any possibility of giving the character depth and relegated him to a bystander. I thought Edgerton was fantastic.
Ultimately, Gatsby is tremendously difficult to translate to film. If done properly, you have a movie about Nick Carraway...which is probably best left to Fitzgerald in novel form anyway.
This post was edited on 5/20 at 10:35 am