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The New Gatsby Movie: Will it Live Up To Staples’ Expectations?

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With a brand-new, star studded cast, including leading man Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of the great Gatsby himself, the new movie “The Great Gatsby” is supposed to be met with rave reviews.

It has been nearly 40 years since the last Gatsby movie, and the last version, Jack Clayton’s in 1974, was the first Gatsby film in color.

This year’s Gatsby was originally intended for release on Dec. 25th of last year. Although it is unknown what the reason for the pushback was, Warner Bros. President of international distribution Kwan Vanderbeg appeared unruffled.

“We think ‘The Great Gatsby’ will be the perfect summer movie around the world,” said Vanderberg in a Huffington Post article.

Fans of both the novel, past movie adaptations, and DiCaprio are all in a buzz about the remake.

“I’m totally pumped for it, said Will Engleheart, ’14. “To be honest, I don’t think I could be any more pumped. It’s a film that’s destined to be legendary.”

Jimmy Ray Stagg, ’16 agreed with Engleheart and is also looking forward to the movie.

“I am definitely excited. The trailer looks amazing and the soundtrack sounds awesome,” Stagg said.

Others aren’t quite so pleased, however, including Sam Adelmann, ‘14.

“[I am not] particularly excited. I would care more if I had already read the book,” he said.

But even those who have read the books and are totally pumped about the movie have a few reservations.  First in their mind: how true to the novel will the movie be?

Everyone has had that one movie they thought was going to be great which turned into a popcorn-chucking, booing, director-cursing nightmare (“The Lightning Thief” anyone?).

“I think the hardest thing will be satisfaction. Everybody who has read the book that I’ve talked to absolutely loves it and can’t wait for the movie. They have really high expectations and I would hate for this movie to not meet them,” said Stagg.

English teacher Susan O’Hara agrees with Stagg and believes that it will be hard for the movie to live up to the quality of the book.

“I think the joy of reading the novel–and I have read this novel at least twenty times–lies in the descriptive passages, in the language,” O’Hara said. “I never get bored reading it.  I don’t expect the film to capture that.”

With the movie coming out in only a few days, everyone planning on seeing it has high hopes. See you in the theatres!


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Most kids might shy away from new experiences and dread trying something they’ve never done before, but not Jessica Gross ’15. “I’m totally open to new things,” said Gross, “Actually, I love trying new things.” And it makes perfect sense. The A&E Page Editor has lived in Hong Kong, been to Paris to see a rock concert, and even attended a Berklee College summer program for the performing arts. While she indulges her passion for performing arts through her involvement in Staples Players and her love for journalism in Inklings, Gross’ guilty pleasure is baking. Whether it’s for friends, family, teammates or co-workers, she is always able to put her own spin on any traditional treat. And it’s not just her friends who take note of her knack for baking; even her boss at the restaurant she works at has remarked on her talent, adding a dessert special to his menu featuring Gross’ homemade cookies and brownies. She has even ventured as far as making mini key lime pies, a favorite on the menu. When someone has so many different passions, it’s hard to pick their proudest moment. However, Gross’ came to mind easily: “My band and I opened up for Paul Simon at a concert,” she said, “it was incredible.” Gross is actually the lead singer for that band, created at the School of Rock in Fairfield. Few musicians were invited to join the band at School of Rock, only those with rare talent made the cut. Whether it is finding an interesting topic to cover for Inklings, practicing with her band to get the best sound, or even baking a delicious snack, Gross does it all with flair. So as she embarks on her senior year, take note of her name, because who knows, Jessica Gross might be headlining a tour, opening up a bakery, or even writing for The New York Times in the near future.

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