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Trailer for Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' Arrives: VIDEO


F; Scott Fitzgerald's classic comes to the big screen, in 3-D gaudy Baz Luhrmann style, no less, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan.


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  1. I want this movie to be good.

    Posted by: aneas t. | May 22, 2012 8:26:02 PM

  2. Fab.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | May 22, 2012 8:29:01 PM

  3. OMG no, gaudy as hell, too much, too much :/

    Posted by: Toto | May 22, 2012 8:30:21 PM

  4. Not diggin' the contemporary music in the trailer. Hope he doesn't go that route in the actual film.

    Posted by: James | May 22, 2012 8:37:12 PM

  5. Breathtaking! As an English teacher, I simply adore this!

    @Toto: It's SUPPOSED TO be gaudy, for three reasons: 1.) It's the Jazz Age, the Roaring Twenties, the time whose overconsumption and excess led to the Great Depression; 2.) It's The Great Gatsby, a lasting symbol of the Jazz Age; it's very high-and-low dramatic; 3.) It's Baz Luhrmann; his movies ARE gaudy: Simply Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet, and Moulin Rouge.

    Posted by: Tophu628 | May 22, 2012 8:46:04 PM

  6. P.S. Baz is wonderful, though!

    Posted by: Tophu628 | May 22, 2012 8:47:01 PM

  7. No thanks. I'll stick w/ Redford & Farrow on this one.

    Posted by: AERES | May 22, 2012 8:47:54 PM

  8. Looks pretty but stagey. Was it me or did DiCaprio have the same look on his face in every clip they showed of him?

    I love Baz Lurhmann but this preview didn't look anything but overfilled and arch.

    Posted by: Bart | May 22, 2012 8:56:57 PM

  9. It won't take much to beat the Farrow/Redford version, which wasn't even well liked in its time. At least this one has a stylish look.

    Posted by: solice | May 22, 2012 9:00:20 PM

  10. A lot of the people are commenting on the music, i think it's purely for the trailer since these songs have been in many, many, other trailers. I love gaudy films, and since the Roaring 20s was suppose to fit Lurhman's style this actually looks tame. I can see why some wouldn't like it for the Romeo & Juliet tale, but hear it's not just appropriate but required. I like Baz Lurhman's films. Not everyone's cup of tea, but i hope it is good. There has just been too many "bad" films lately. Plus there is usually a gay couple in each of them if you look closely.

    Posted by: Redebbm | May 22, 2012 9:04:52 PM

  11. Uh oh. Another Dark Shadows disaster. Why oh why can't they do it right or just leave it alone????

    Posted by: dc | May 22, 2012 9:09:56 PM

  12. That looks awful.

    Posted by: KM | May 22, 2012 9:15:26 PM

  13. It's now a video game

    Posted by: Leo | May 22, 2012 9:23:12 PM

  14. meh

    Posted by: Daniel | May 22, 2012 9:41:54 PM

  15. Folks-- the music is bound to be contemporary in the actual film if Romeo&Juliet and Moulin Rouge are anything to go by. Looks visually stunning, not sure how it will be performance-and-script-wise though.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | May 22, 2012 10:25:10 PM

  16. the tone looks wrong. too menacing. the story is from nick's POV and stays non-judgemental and even a bit naive until the end. Remember his last words to gatsby, the man who lives for love, "you're worth the whole damn lot of them." so there should be nothing evil or dark about him, his house or his parties. the tone is wrong.

    BTW, leo doesn't look gorgeous enough to be gatsby. isla fisher is bound to be fabulous as jordan!

    Posted by: eric | May 22, 2012 10:32:01 PM

  17. How many attempts have been, both on stage and on film,to produce F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic novel, and have fallen flat?

    Certainly it sounds hopeful with the given cast . . . I assume Toby McGuire has been cast, and quite appropriately I might add, Nick Carraway, and DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, also great casting . . . but these versions (there has been six I think) have historically fallen flat and the Fitzgerald descendants have become leery, and protective.

    There is a haunting quality to the novel that perhaps defies, at least so far, adequate filmic interpretation. It may be that the attempts have been to literal (even the the more loosely based renditions), tried too hard, as a period piece, to be too authentic, sacrificing the mood and the tone of Fitzgerald's novel.

    I fear that they may be even more too much on the nose with this new attempt. If they are going to shoot for a character driven piece, and laden it down with dialogue, it might work better to transplant the narrative to the deep south, where Tom and Daisy Buchanan, and Daisy's friend, Jordan Baker, just a step above trailer trash . . . very rich trailer trash, and infuse the screenplay with all the deep south witticisms and eccentricities they can muster.

    Or get Terrence Malick to streamline the screenplay, and direct it. Anyone who can garner Best Director and Best Film Academy Award nominations for utter stream of consciousness that was "The Tree of Life" would probably have the best chance of capturing the haunting quality of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby"

    Or not!

    Posted by: Ricco | May 22, 2012 10:39:32 PM

  18. Garbage.

    And the music is sooo 2009.

    Posted by: Greg | May 22, 2012 10:55:26 PM

  19. Ricco is correct. There are 5 film versions of "The Great Gatsby" - including the silent 1926 version, which no longer exists. The ones that I have seen - 1949, 1974 - don't get it right. I actually liked Mia Farrow as Daisy and the Ralph Lauren wardrobe in the 1974. Judging from the trailer - which might be premature - I don't like this. It's a hard balance to make a movie about a glamourous life that isn't a glamourous movie. The book is a tragedy and a blistering critique of "the American Dream." This version looks like it is seduced by the surface, rather than the substance. But we shall see....

    Posted by: gr8guyca | May 23, 2012 12:42:21 AM

  20. omg no. just no.

    it's like Fitzgerald by way of Sin City. what a self-indulgent way to ruin a classic story of innocence lost than by making it completely self-aware and meta. ugh.

    Posted by: JH | May 23, 2012 12:46:58 AM

  21. I like the looks, but the rest felt a bit... disjointed. It's just a trailer, I know...

    Posted by: Andreas | May 23, 2012 5:50:03 AM

  22. zzzzzzzzzz - another formula Leo film

    Posted by: Again | May 23, 2012 6:44:49 AM

  23. Think I'll stick with the book.

    And yeah I agree with James, the music just doesn't fit the era or the mood of the movie.

    If they wanted to tell a modernized version of the story, they should have done that. This is obviously set in the original time. Period pieces with non-period music are doomed to feel gimmicky or cheesy. This looks to be no exception.

    Posted by: sparks | May 23, 2012 7:17:28 AM

  24. No idea how to make movies these days.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | May 23, 2012 7:42:17 AM

  25. Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge all over again. Overdone to the point of nausea. I'll pass, thanks.

    Posted by: Jack M | May 23, 2012 8:11:37 AM

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