Smell of Popcorn

film reviews & musings by Max Lalanne


First trailer for THE GREAT GATSBY, with Leonardo DiCaprio!

Posted by Max Lalanne on May 22, 2012

Here’s the first trailer for Baz Lurrhmann’s The Great Gatsby, which looks like one of the most amped-up, slickly-produced, over-dramatic, visually glitzy, unintentionally self-pretentious, lushly-shot, big-budget reboots I’ve yet seen, for better or for worse. Plus I’m still reeling from the fact that they actually used a new Jay-Z hit in the beginning to make the whole swinging ’20s party scene “hipper,” so to speak. Again, for better or for worse I still don’t really know.

But for now, honestly, I’m leaning towards the latter. What do you think?

The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway [Tobey Maguire] 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 [Leonardo DiCaprio], and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy [Carey Mulligan], and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan [Joel Edgerton]. 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.

Coming at you in 3D this Christmas.

2 Responses to “First trailer for THE GREAT GATSBY, with Leonardo DiCaprio!”

  1. I agree with you, I was excited to see the trailer, but it does look way over the top. Which is not surprising for a Luhrmann film…always glitzy, showy and visually interesting, but I wanted a classic look to the movie. Maybe they should’ve picked a different director, but he may surprise us. I’m still going to watch it no matter what.

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