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The Great Gatsby Returns

My wife says I have a man crush on Leonardo Dicaprio. It’s not true. I just think he’s a really good actor. Ever since The Departed, I’ve been a big fan of any movie he’s in.

So if you put one of my favorite actors in the primary role of a movie about one of my favorite novels, then you can imagine how pumped I would be. With that in mind, the newest version of The Great Gatsby is scheduled to come out on Christmas Day of this year.

It will star Dicaprio as Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy, and Toby Maguire as Nick Carraway. I don’t recall going to see many movies at the theater on Christmas Day. But I just might go see this one. Worst case scenario: I wait until the 26th.

Seriously, I’ve read The Great Gatsby about five times, and it gets better every time. I still haven’t read the novel as part of this list—saving that for the future. But I know it is going to give To Kill A Mockingbird a run for that top spot in my meaningless and totally worthless rankings.

I thought the first Gatsby flick with Robert Redford was excellent. I remember watching it for the first time in my 9th grade English class.

But I think Dicaprio can top Redford’s performance. What say you?

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  1. Melissa @ Swamp of Boredom #

    I absolutely think DiCaprio can top Redford’s performance. One reason is I think DiCaprio has a stronger supporting cast. Carey Mulligan is a bit young, but she is such a great actress I don’t think her youth (compared to DiCaprio) will be too distracting.

    I’m as excited about the movie as you are. I hope it is wildly successful and encourages others in Hollywood to adapt more of the American classics.

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    April 4, 2012
    • I agree. This would be a scary movie to act in because it’s such a classic. But I think Dicaprio can pull it off.

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      April 4, 2012
  2. I loved Gatsby – genesis being when eyes grazed that first page, first book of many, first inspiration – first exhibit, think attainment and destruction of man perceived by that other; a first in American literature, and a cardinal chief-core type moment in my life, a first which-where I felt truly moved by something that didn’t have that overloud, sickeningly manipulative tear-jerker soundscape draped across it – the kind that invites a headfirst slide into the repulsive abyss of us-asked them-gived factory-line nauseating pseudosympatho-compassion produce.

    That thing, yeah? And Dicaprio is like pretty awesome too – haven’t seen much that suggests self-held D-intended esteem is misdirected – high calibre actor – double q’s (quant.qual.) for the time being at least, not much to go on, but to come, sure.

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    April 4, 2012
  3. A couple months ago my sister told me they were making a new film version of the novel and my first reaction was, “Is DiCaprio playing Gatsby?” I was halfway joking, so I was stunned in a funny way when she said yes.

    I think he’ll do a fantastic job. And he usually reserves his roles solely for great movies (with the exception of J. Edgar…) so the movie will hopefully live up to expectations.

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    April 4, 2012
  4. I think DiCaprio would make one of the best Gatsbys. Redford has too wholesome of an appearance about him which DiCaprio doesn’t have. I think DeCaprio can bring a proper atmosphere of hauteur and superficiality to the role.

    Have you read any other novels of Fitzgerald? Coming up soon on my list is The Beautiful and the Damned.

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    April 4, 2012
    • Good points. I’m speculating here but I think Leo has taken a lot of rough, grizzled roles to get away from the Titanic and other fresh-faced boyish roles he had early in his career. He’s done a good job of it. Gatsby should be a great fit.

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      April 4, 2012
    • Also, yes, I read This Side of Paradise, which I believe was his first novel. Also very good.

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      April 4, 2012
  5. Agree with all of the above and I know where we will be on Christmas Day 2012. Thank you for the news! I have read the Great Gatsby twice and might need to read it again before the movie opens.

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    April 4, 2012
  6. You’re back in my stream! YAY!

    There is nothing wrong with crushing on Leo. I would love to see this for sure. Bruce nailed it– Leo doesn’t have that wholesome thing. I want to re-read this so bad.

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    April 4, 2012
  7. Okay, this has gotten a bit eerie…I just picked up The Great Gatsby two days ago. I thumbed through it and sat it my bedroom dresser. I am presently reading two other books and I promised myself that I would finish them before starting another. Maybe I will throw it in my handbag for my on-the-go book.

    Thanks for the new. I also agree that DiCaprio will be a hit in fleshing out Gatsby.

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    April 4, 2012
  8. I loved Robert Redford as Gatsby, but I am looking forward to the new film. Mia Farrow really bothered me in the first one. I think this cast will be excellent, and Toby Maguire is one of my favs.

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    April 4, 2012
  9. Great book, great casting for this new movie! Leo is a brilliant actor – I’ve been a fan of his since he was on Family Ties years ago. While I do love Redford’s performance as Gatsby, I think Leo will dance rings around him. Fitzgerald is one of my favorite writers – I think even HE would be pleased with the casting of the new movie. Now, let’s just hope the screenwriters have done an Oscar-worthy job of capturing the magic of the book. That’s of more concern to me than who plays the characters. I don’t care who stars in it if the script is crap.

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    April 4, 2012
  10. Mayra #

    The only reason I’m kind of worried about this is the director. It’s the guy who did Moulin Rouge and Australia. Quite frankly, I liked the latter but I know it bombed at the box office.

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    April 4, 2012
  11. I can’t wait for this movie, either. Also one of my favorite books – I actually just finished reading it again, and I can’t think of a better actor for Gatsby than DiCaprio, Tobey McGuire has the perfect demeanor for Nick, and Carey Mulligan is a great actress…have liked her for a while.

    Lucky for me, my mom and I even have a tradition of going to the movies on Christmas Day, so I know what we will be seeing this year! Can’t wait for an official trailer to be released.

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    April 4, 2012
  12. I have a deep admiration for Dicaprio as well. For me, he is up there with Morgan Freeman, William Macy and other top notch actors.

    He can do it. He will do it. Consumers of media in the form of books and movies are appreciating more and more all the time that movies can’t compete with books at all. An actor’s ability to capture nuance in an understated way can bring a movie closer and closer to capturing more of what is often missed by not reading a book.

    Hopefully, Leonardo will continue to refrain from all the cosmetic alterations that I think set actors back. If he does, he will be winning Oscars until he’s 99 years old.

    Regards,
    Kristina

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    April 4, 2012
  13. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this movie! When I heard that it isn’t coming out until Christmas, I was very disappointed. Anyway, I think Leo DiCaprio will be a fantastic Gatsby. I am counting down!

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    April 4, 2012
    • Let me know when we get close to 100 days!

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      April 4, 2012
  14. I believe DiCarprio is 100 times better! Although The Great Gatsby isn’t a favorite book or film, nevertheless I always enjoy your posts! Deborah

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    April 4, 2012
  15. yearningtoread #

    I’m very interested in the book/movie. DiCaprio really made me love him in “Inception” and “Shutter Island” so I’m hoping he’ll wow me again. I bought the book used the other day and am hoping to get to it in the near future!

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    April 4, 2012
    • Yeah, loved him in Shutter Island. Ashamed to say I haven’t seen Inception!

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      April 4, 2012
  16. Whoa! I didn’t realize Baz Luhrman was the director for Great Gatsby, Mayra. That’s an intriguing match. I loved Moulin Rouge, and really liked Australia. Now I’m more curious than ever about the movie.

    By the way, I hope this is not too off topic, but have any of you read any of Louis Auchincloss’s novels? I have not, but have been curious by references I’ve seen to him. Seems he treats topics very similar to those of Fitzgerald, and was wondering how he compared.

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    April 4, 2012
  17. I love Gatsby too; just reread it. I despise Redford as an actor (he’s even worse as a director: see what he did to the beautiful novel Ordinary People) and think someone as talented as Leonardo won’t find it hard to beat him. However, I think that particular novel has never transfered to film and this one may be a noble failure, too. It’s a great story, and Gatsby a great character, but no one can say “old sport” convincingly. DiCaprio is so brilliant that perhaps he can pull it off, somehow.

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    April 5, 2012
  18. matthewschaible #

    I’m not sure if you saw, but the trailer for the Great Gatsby just came out today! http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/thegreatgatsby/

    Needless to say, I am as excited as you are! I remember randomly stumbling across the IMDB page for “The Great Gatsby” more than a year ago, and thinking WOW this looks like a good movie. The opening is so close!

    Can I also say its nice to find someone with a similar appreciation for Leonardo DiCaprio! My friends also think I have a man-crush on him. Aviator, Blood Diamond,Catch me if you Can, the Departed? Come on, who WOULDN’T like those movies? Its not my fault the guy is such an A+ actor. This only makes me more excited for the Great Gatsby movie. Now Tobey Macguire, I’m not that big a fan off (Spiderman: what a dud), but I love period pieces.

    I actually might try and reread the Great Gatsby before this movie comes out. It’s been a while since my middle school English course!

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    May 23, 2012

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