EDITOR’S NOTE: After the posting of this article, it was announced that The Great Gatsby will not open Christmas Day, but rather sometimes in the first half of 2013.

My family tries to get together for a movie on the day after Christmas.

Carey Mulligan as Daisy in The Great Gatsby with 1920s automobile

Carey Mulligan as Daisy in The Great Gatsby with 1920s automobile

This December 26th, we’re going to see “The Great Gatsby” starring Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The newest version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic will start on December 25. But, we’ll probably be sleeping soundly that afternoon.

Carey Mulligan dressed in Flapper Dress for the 2012 The Great Gatsby playing Daisy

Carey Mulligan dressed in Flapper Dress for the 2012 The Great Gatsby playing Daisy

The tradition started during Christmas, 2009. Old and young alike, with my parents of 80 years, and, my nieces and nephews as young as 18.

We decided that year to go see the then new George Clooney movie, “Up in the Air”.

I must say that as the organizer of the event, I was ill prepared for Vera Farmiga’s naked butt to sashay across the screen. Some things are best not shared by three generations of family.

Rookie mistake.

Something else bothered me about that movie: Did you notice that George Clooney’s character arc actually digressed? Who writes a script where the main character’s development actually digresses during the movie?

Movie Poster for Up in the Air starring George Clooney 2009 Christmas

Movie Poster for Up in the Air starring George Clooney 2009 Christmas

Moving on… 2012… rookie mistakes behind me…

This year, it will be “The Great Gatsby”, mostly because I adore Carey Mulligan, and, I want to see how she handles the part of Daisy.

Yes, I do realize that the plot is a bit risque. But, everyone is three years older now; and, I don’t think we’ll be dealing with the nudity issue.

“The Great Gatsby” has been my favorite novel for a very long time.

But, that’s not really because of the plot. The book itself reads like poetry; and, most of the good lines go to Nick, the stoically removed narrator.

Carey Mulligan putting on the Ritz for her role as Daisy in the 2012 Christmas Day release of The Great Gatsby

Carey Mulligan putting on the Ritz for her role as Daisy in the 2012 Christmas Day release of The Great Gatsby

I wonder to myself if Tobey Maguire is right for the part of Nick. I have watched the previews, and, honestly, his voice sounds too whining for the Nick that I imagine.

I hope I’m wrong.

I also am wondering how Carey Mulligan will fare as Daisy Buchanan, the ditzy, narcissistic heroine.

You know, I used to think Daisy was a thrilling, exciting character. Now that I am older and wiser, I find her troublesome and immature.

I dated several Daisy’s in my life. Each time, it ended badly.

But I still love the novel, “The Great Gatsby”. It still reads like poetry.

Tobey Maguire as Nick in 2012 The Great Gatsby with a whiney voice

Tobey Maguire as Nick in 2012 The Great Gatsby with a whiney voice

And that’s one of the great problems with turning a classic novel into a movie. A classic novel is just the right combination of words. A movie is something totally different.

There will be one more intriguing decision to be made by the director. After it’s all said and done, will Nick shake hands with Tom Buchanan?

In the Robert Redford and Mia Farrow movie version of The Great Gatsby, Nick refuses to shake hands.

This has probably caused grief for alot of 11th graders who miss the question on their Literature final exam.

In the book, Nick does shake hands with Tom, because, “it seemed silly not to… for I suddenly realized I was talking to a child.”

Jay Gatsby played by Leonardo DiCaprio surveys the situation for a glimpse of Daisy played by Carey Mulligan

Jay Gatsby played by Leonardo DiCaprio surveys the situation for a glimpse of Daisy played by Carey Mulligan

So, on December 26, 2012, the day after The Great Gatsby hits theaters on Christmas Day, my family will be at the afternoon feature; and, I’ll be watching to see how Carey Mulligan performs Daisy; and, whether Nick will shake Tom’s hand.

directors chair

directors chair

What will you be doing?

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