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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The New Trailer for "The Great Gatsby" Is Trying to Give Kanye and Jay-Z a Run for Their Money

I'm going to try to get past the really out-of-place hip hop soundtrack booming in the background of this clip. I'm even going to ignore the fact that director Baz "I make really odd remakes of period films" Luhrmann is behind this. But I will not allow a bad reboot of one of my favorite novels of all time. I will not.

Luhrmann (you know, the guy behind the '96 Romeo + Juliet redux and the snoozefest Moulin Rouge!) is tackling the classic 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby, and of course modernizing it for today's audience.

In case you're not familiar with the novel (if so, shame on you), here's the official synopsis on the new movie from Reelz:

From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

It pretty much stays true to the original concept of the novel, except that clearly they get down to hip hop beats instead of fun-loving classical music as they did in at least two of the big screen adaptations before this. 

Leonardo DiCaprio appropriately plays the stuck-up moneybags, Gatsby, while Carrey Mulligan plays Daisy and Tobey Maguire stars as Nick Carraway. This is all perfect casting, along with Joel Edgarton as Daisy's hubby Tom Buchanan and Isla Fisher as his mistress, Myrtle. 

But it's the look of the movie that gives me pause. It almost looks like a music video with Tobey Maguire in it (who will never look like he belongs on MTV). I should also mention that the movie will be in 3D....yeah, I don't know about this one. I'm sure the acting will be great, but...I'm concerned about the rest of this.

The Great Gatsby hits theaters December 25th. 


Daniel said...

I'm actually a fan of Baz but I was a tad taken aback by this trailer. Hope the music is just for the trailer and not in the actual film.

Dankwa Brooks said...

I had and probably still don't have any interest in this film, but I saw the 3D trailer before Men In Black 3 and it looked FANTASTIC! Looks visually wondrous, if it gets good reviews I just might see this!

Courtney Small said...

Gatsby is one of my favourite novels as well, but I have faith that Baz will pull it off. Frankly, I loved the trailer, it is nice to see Baz back in fine form.

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