An official trailer has been revealed for Oscar-nominee Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary masterpiece, The Great Gatsby - featuring an all-star cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton, among others.
In short: based on the footage shown here, Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby looks to be exactly what should have sprung to your mind upon first learning that the filmmaker responsible for titles like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! was tackling a $150 million, 3D adaptation of the famous Fitzgerald novel.
Similar to how, with Moulin Rouge!, Luhrmann's intention was to paint a portrait of Bohemian-era Paris that would resonate with contemporary audiences - it's readily apparent that the co-writer/director's interpretation of Great Gatsby will forgo an authentic representation of Jazz-age America. Instead, Luhrmann's film will offer a sensationalized portrayal that makes it easier for modern-day moviegoers to immediately comprehend just how relatively glamorous the party-happy culture of the 1920s were (within the context of that time period, that is).
Just in case Maguire's narration (from Fitzgerald's original text) and the imagery of glistening skyscrapers and shimmering costumes - along with brief glimpses at the melodramatic storyline - was too subtle (*sarcasm alert!*): this trailer adds tunes by Jay-Z and U2 to better illustrate the point. It's the same tactic employed by the recent Gangster Squad trailer, which likewise featured contemporary rap music to establish that period drama as something "hip" and "edgy."
Commentary on Hollywood's marketing trends aside - The Great Gatsby certainly looks visually-sumptuous, based on this early footage. Since it was shot in 3D, this film should also be worth checking out in that format. Luhrmann's latest picture does not appear to be quite so bombastic as Moulin Rouge! in terms of camerawork and editing; hence, Great Gatsby may not prompt the sort of love/hate reactions the aforementioned jukebox musical does.
Of course, the million dollar question is: will The Great Gatsby prove to be less bloated than Luhrmann's last picture, Australia (in terms of both story and style)? Fitzgerald's original novel is a tale full of big emotions and soapy plot twists, which lends itself to Luhrmann's theatrical approach - not to mention, the main cast all seem like great fits for their respective characters.
As it stands, this film seems destined to either be a massive success - or a spectacular failure.
We shall find out which is the case when The Great Gatsby arrives in theaters around the U.S. on May 10, 2013.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers