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.
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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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