‘Great Gatsby’ Trailer #2: The Man, The Mystery, The Drama

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Writer/director Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby was supposed to hit theaters this holiday season, but due to a delay we’ll now see the latest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal novel debut during the summer 2013 movie season.

The first Great Gatsby trailer was all about selling the world of 1920s New York upper society (which Luhrmann has created in his o-so-signature style); this second trailer, by contrast, is more about selling us on the man at the heart of this fantastical world – the titular Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Fitzgerald’s novel (which was adapted by Luhrmann and his Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet collaborator, Craig Pearce) tells the story of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) a Yale man and WWI vet who relocates from the Midwest to Long Island, NY, where he resides in a small house near  the mansion of mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby.

From there, Nick is swept up into Gatsby’s world of mystery and extravagance – and into the maelstrom of love and deceit between Gatsby; Daisy Buchanan (Carrey Mulligan), Nick’s second cousin and the object of Gatsby’s affection; Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) Daisy’s cruel husband; Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher), the wife of a local mechanic who is having an affair with Tom; and George Wilson (Jason Clarke) the mechanic despondent over suspicion of his wife’s indiscretions.


The Great Gatsby Movie Poster 2013 Great Gatsby Trailer #2: The Man, The Mystery, The Drama


This new trailer gives much greater hint about the type of drama that unfolds in this circle of would-be lovers, while also teasing the mystery of Gatsby’s mysterious wealth and connection to the shady character known as Meye Wolfsheim (Amitabh Bachchan). Lovers of Fitzgerald’s novel aught not be disappointed (yet), as it seems all of the necessary components and subtext of the characters and story seem intact.

The 3D format is another question entirely. While on the one hand, 3D can often be an unnecessary addition to a film, there are some key exceptions (Life of Pi, Hugo) that prove it can be truly masterful when handled by a skilled director. And, in the case of a wildly visual director like Baz Luhrmann, there is the distinct possibility that Gatsby – about as unlikely a 3D movie as any – could turn out to be worthwhile viewing in the stereoscopic format.

The Great Gatsby will be in theaters on May 10, 2013.

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  1. Though a really cool song in the beginning of the trailer, it seems just a bit out of place in my opinion. Looking forward to this adaptation!

  2. This looks pretty good. Honestly, I like the fact that they’re portraying the 20s in a very exaggerated and over-the-top fashion, rather than a more realistic and gritty interpretation. The latter simply wouldn’t fit with the whole theme of the story. Yes, it’s over the top, but that’s symbolic as to crazy those times were, according to the book.

  3. I’m calling bull**** on this one.

    I’m a very big fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve read The Great Gatsby many times.

    What they’ve done here with a smug Gatsby bragging about his own accomplishments in this movie trailer never happens in the book.

    Fitzgerald’s Gatsby is modest. The reader finds out about Gatsby through other people gossiping about him to the protagonist, Nick Carraway. Yes, Gatsby is rich, has a big house and a fancy car, but he doesn’t come across as a Tony Stark style show off in the book.

    Change the character of Gatsby in this movie and it becomes something else emotionally.

    I don’t like it.

    • @Heustis

      I’m pretty certain that about halfway through the book, Gatsby tells Nick his entire life story. So I assume that is what they’re showing in the trailer.

      • I don’t remember it coming out like bragging, followed by a smirk.

        I recall Nick asked Jay Gatsby about his past and Jay reluctantly confessed to him some bits and pieces.

        Baz Luhrmann’s script has apparently changed Gatsby’s character arc.

        Why? Is Luhrmann a better writer than F. Scott Fitzgerald? Can he improve The Great Gatsby?

        In my opinion….. NO!

        Stick the source material please. This isn’t a Stephen King adaptation.

        • Gatsby is a bigger than life person in the book, i would and could assume that he comes off as a cocky person. I feel that the trailers are a interesting twist from the source material. Nothing majorly changed from the book to be honest, so I don’t know what you are whining about.

          • Since I’m posting on a movie site, let me make an analogy to a movie character.

            Superman. Every cool super power. He has it. Handsome… smart…. powerful. But Superman is humble. He doesn’t walk around bragging and smirking.

            What if the upcoming Man of Steel film portrayed Superman as a cocky, smirking, braggart. It kind of misses the point of Superman doesn’t it?

            – Book Spoiler Ahead (and some background info) –

            F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway were friends in Paris. Both poor American ex-pat writers. Hemingway was already on his way to becoming a big name author. Fitzgerald less so… it took him a lot longer to get his fame.

            Fitzgerald and Hemingway had an argument. Hemingway had hung out with some rich people for the first time and is known to have said, “The rich are just like like us!”

            Fitzgerald disagreed. He had experience with the upstate New York blue bloods of America. People who were born rich. Generation after generation. And Fitzgerald told Hemingway that the rich are NOT like normal people. They don’t care about others. They have zero empathy for the rest of the human race. He experienced this first hand. ( I’ve read Fitzgerald’s and Hemingway’s biographies)

            This conversation is what spurred him to write The Great Gatsby. The two protagonists of the novel Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby both had humble beginnings. Both fought in World War I. Jay Gatsby was not born rich…. he “acquired” the money later in life. He was rich but didn’t have the super rich’s coldness, and lack of empathy. Much of the friction in the book comes from Gatsby trying (and failing) to fit in with the old money east coast society. And the aftermath of the tragic events of the story (Spoilers!!) illustrates the unfeeling selfishness of the blue bloods……. Daisy….. etc.

            If Luhrmann portrays Gatsby as a cocky show-off then he has missed the entire point of Fitzgerald’s book.

  4. 3D??? Really???
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of Luhrmann’s work. Ok I’ll be honest Moulin Rouge! Is #1 on my guilty pleasures list but this has to be one of the oddest parings of story and 3D.
    So I really think when you consider the change of release date along with a 3D conversion that the studio may think they have a stinker…

    • It was filmed in 3D though.
      I remember because Luhrmann was hospitalized after receiving a concussion by hitting his head on a 3D camera.

  5. I’ve noticed quite a few of the novel’s symbolism portrayed in the trailers, and although I was doubtful at first, it seems Luhrmann has indeed crafted a great film portrayal of the classic novel.

    • Yeah, like the green light in the distance, and Gatsby’s colorful shirts.

  6. It’s definitely a problem that Gatsby seems to be a bragger in this – Gatsby’s deliberately vagueness and lies about his past are what fuels the main narrative in the book, and when you take that away it’s another story entirely. But the bigger problem would seem to be Luhrman’s hyperactive ADD – see, the story is not ABOUT the spectacle, but the story of people inventing new lives for themselves despite the cost. To say otherwise would be like saying “Psycho is about a girl getting stabbed to death in the shower.” I hope the glittering 1920′s doesn’t drown out Nick’s moral struggles, Daisy’s unhappiness and Gatsby’s self deception.

    • +1

      You’re exactly right.

  7. The trailers are edited really well, and the music works, but doesn’t fit. It just takes me out of the 1920′s feel. But, other than that, the film looks great!

  8. Here’s my take on all of this–
    I think that The Great Gatsby is one of those really challenging novels to adapt, simply because it’s so well-regarded. And yet, unlike many well-regarded novels, it has incredibly cinematic stories and characters. So people face the problem of adapting it faithfully. There’s a tendency to adapt TOO faithfully, as they did in the Robert Redford version. Nearly every line was lifted right out of the book and it made for an oddly paced and, in my opinion at least, boring movie. A book exists as a book for a reason. In order for it to be a good movie, you have to make a movie VERSION of the book. Adapting it.
    So how do you make it exciting and paced well for the big screen? Kinetic energy. That’s what Luhrmann is all about. The problem with this novel, as well, is that it’s 90 years old. Things that shocked people back then are considered relatively tame by today’s society. Luhrmann, it seems, is able to take these tame things looking just as they are, and create the idea of glamour and seediness just through the use of his visual style, and the use of anachronistic music.
    Bearing in mind, this is coming from someone who listens to, plays, and loves jazz. But jazz is no longer relevant in the way it was back then. Jazz back then was shocking and sexual. It was party music. In order to achieve the same effect today, Luhrmann needs shocking, sexual, seedy music. That’s what his soundtrack choices accomplish.
    So I guess my point is that I think Luhrmann is the right man for the job. He is able to take what seems like a very faithful script and add just the right amount of modern energy to it to keep the interest of our ADD-riddled society and to remind us that this material is timeless.
    Sorry for writing you a short essay on it… carry on.