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2:15 show, 2 D; The Great Gatsby w/Leo. DiCaprio;d.Baz Lurhmann; dinner/drinks


"A lavishly theatrical celebration of the emotional and material extravagance that Fitzgerald surveyed with such ambivalence"--NY Times.

"DiCaprio looks and feels just right as Gatsby; the glamor and allure as at one with his film star persona, he's sufficiently savvy to convince as a successful bootlegger but still young enough to recapture the hopes and innocence of youth."--Hollywood Reporter.

Dir. Baz Lurhmann ("Moulin Rouge" w/Nicole Kidman; "Australia") so the movie is sure to be visually opulent and dazzling, as well as unconventional.

Score includes music by Jay-Z.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic Jazz Age hero, the self-invented Jay Gatsby, a nouveau riche, mysterious man whose gaudy parties and ostentatious belongings are all an attempt to win back his former love, the shallow, upper class,  Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), now married to a moneyed brute, Tom, to whom Gatsby is "Mr. Nobody from Nowhere."

Daisy's cousin, Nick (Tobey McGuire) provides much of the perspective on the proceedings, simultaneously drawn to and repulsed by the world Daisy and Tom represent, and somewhat skeptical but admiring of Gatsby, whom he think possesses "a heightened sensitivity to the promises of life" in contrast to those who "smash up things and people and leave others to clean up the mess they made."

Suffice it to say that the relationship between money, social status, and identity are intertwined, raising implicitly the question of whether "the American dream" has devolved into a glittering, trashy but still alluring and all-consuming goal.

Fitzgerald is the first author with whom I became obsessed (in high school) so I may be way over-invested in this story!

For those who want, Jonathan's Grille, to the front/left of the theater is a moderately priced and tasty option.

Depending on what the movie is like, I may be too speechless to stay afterwards but maybe that can be fixed somehow.

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  • jane d.

    Very intriguing film, faithful to the book in general (except w/Nick to a degree), excellent Leo. Enjoyable dinner. I'm not sure I saw everyone--I was in 3rd row w/meetup sign.

    May 19, 2013

  • Tom F.

    We had a family emergency come up so we will not be able to attend.

    May 19, 2013

  • Tom F.

    Anita and I will plan to attend.

    May 9, 2013

  • jane d.

    Definitely 2D, not 3D!

    May 9, 2013

  • Tom F.

    3-D movies give Anita headaches, so we will only be attending a 2-D version.

    May 8, 2013

  • Donna B.

    Cant wait to see this movie.. will be setting on the edge of my seat until May 19th...

    March 11, 2013

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