When you think of the Great American Novel set in the roaring 1920s, you think of 3D films with an Auto-Tuned soundtrack, right? Well, if so, you’ll dig the trailer for Baz Luhrman’s over the top take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. If not, well… you may wish to look away for the next two minutes and 30 seconds.
Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio’s two facial expressions (Eyebrow-cocked and smirking! Brow-furrowed and frowning!) in a stunning three dimensions, the trailer at least appears to capture excesses of the Jazz Age by running them through the filter of Luhrman’s own natural tendency to avoid subtlety at all costs. That said, Luhrman and DiCaprio seem to be firmly in their William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet mode, recasting a classic bit of literature in an opulent, quasi-modern light. How blasphemous you find that to be probably depends on how much you love the original novel, and how willing you are to view the rise of fall of Jay Gatsby as punctuated by Auto-Tune.
Dig the trailer below, courtesy of Warner Bros., in which writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maquire) narrates the tale of his falling under the sway of the mysterious and self-made Jay Gatsby as 1922 roars around them. The Great Gatsby also stars Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, and Elizabeth Debicki, and is set for a December 25 release.
What do you think of the trailer?