O! M! G! “The Great Gatsby” trailer is out and the full film can’t come soon enough.
It had me hooked from the moment I heard the pulsing beat of Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “No Church In The Wild.” From there, director Baz Luhrmann transferred “Gatsby” fans to a glitzy, yet gritty take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age masterpiece, which was always the author’s intent.
Decadent party scenes only mask the “hysteria” of the Roaring '20s, fueled by bathtub gin and a sense of liberation that influenced the fashions (shorter hemlines!) and loosey goosey morals (sexy, sexy times all over the place!) of the time.
For the December release, Luhrmann recalls the vibe of his equally modern take on “Romeo & Juliet,” which also starred his muse-like leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio. This time, DiCaprio is another ill-fated anti-hero. He’s the main man, Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire who could care less about his money and only wants one thing: his former love, socialite Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), to be his once again.
Luhrmann, a man who knows a thing or two about star-crossed lovers, perfectly plays their intense love affair against the firework-filled backdrop of their lives. But, it all turns dark pretty quickly for the pair. Deception, lies and jealousy can’t keep these two together for long. The trailer also includes some key appearances from Tobey Maguire, who plays innocent bystander and narrator Nick Carraway, as well as Daisy’s hubby, Tom Buchanan, played by Joel Edgerton.
This is hardly the first film adaptation of the classic novel (see the 1974 version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow), but, it is the first in 3-D and probably the first that seamlessly matches the music of now with the vibe of then, the calling card of any good Luhrmann production.
The trailer seems to be a very good indicator that the director has found the perfect tempo to shape the story. It’s not too fast and not too slow. And, it’s all splashy, just like the Roaring '20s themselves.
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