New Trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s Adaptation of The Great Gatsby

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I reviewed the first full trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby back in early summer of last year. The film, originally slated for a Christmas 2012 release, was delayed supposedly to finish effects, add new music (featured in this trailer), and give the film a higher-profile summer release.

 

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5 thoughts on “New Trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s Adaptation of The Great Gatsby

  1. Really looking forward to this film. But strange how Tobey Maguire is almost completely missing from a 2 and a half minute trailer… it feels like they researched a load of trailers and the one that focussed on Leo and Carey won out.

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  2. Too bad Beyonce is doing the ‘new music’. They could have tried for music more authentically of the period. And someone besides Beyonce, in any case. Not that I have seen or heard any of it. Leave it to Tinseltown to turn a work of substance into flickering glitter.

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  3. Same problem as this one as with the Jack Clayton 74 joint, i.e., it’s totally unbelievable that Leo (or Robert Redford) would long for any women, or see a women as some kind of unattainable object, and, as such, construct his entire life and identity around his pursuit of her and what she represents. Yeah, I know, you’re not supposed to bring an actor’s real life into the movie, that the actor and the character are totally different, but to me, that doesn’t wash. I know that DiCaprio spends most of his free time fucking one supermodel after the next. I can’t NOT bring that knowledge to bear on the character of Gatsby. And so I’m supposed to sit in a movie theater for two and half hours and trick myself into thinking that he can’t get Carrie Mulligan? That she’s unmoved by his charms? I mean, come on. I’ll buy DiCaprio as a lot of things, but a lovelorn obsessive who can’t get the girl is not one of them. Bad casting. The movie is defeated before frame one is filmed.

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    1. Don’t you just love having a food fight with another one of Hollywood’s saccharine confections. A movie this long made from a great work of literature about a golden age is bound to attract detractors. It is bound to be flawed and uneven. Each one of these offerings that cost more than most wars of the past makes one yearn for the good old days of the spectacular epic. But come to think of it, I cannot recall any of the spectaculars that I wasn’t bored by. Since we are becoming a civilization of the vapid (see biblioklept’s blog of One Star Reviews comments by readers of Orwell and Huxley’s terrible but succinct literary works – the movies were even worse), perhaps we should take a step back towards productions like Busby Berkeley’s. No real movie, just a grand gala of gorgeous sets and choreography that would put the Bolshoi to shame. As far as the actors’ personal personalities are concerned, I could care less about their personal lives, much less their libidos. I am a fan of creativity, not a voyeur of people I do not know personally. I want to forget that that’s DiCaprio on the screen, but to see Gatsby instead. In other words, how good a faker he is. That was what was wrong with John Wayne, he always played himself. It didn’t change my perception of Gable’s roles to learn that he showered a half dozen times a day, or that Marilyn Monroe did not use underarm deodorant because she liked her body odor and thought it was honest.

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