First Look: Leo + Carey Mulligan Get Their Jazz On In ‘The Great Gatsby’ Trailer
The first trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire has just dropped! What do think? Let’s take a look!
It was big news when Baz Luhrmann, the visionary if slightly bizarre director of such hits as Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge, announced that he planned to adapt F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic Jazz Age novel The Great Gatsby to the screen. It was even bigger news when its cast was announced: Leonardo DiCaprio would play the titular Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan the beautiful and tragic Daisy Buchanan, and Tobey Maguire our somewhat voyeuristic narrator, Nick Carraway. It finally started filming in September of 2011; and hey, guess what? The first trailer has just arrived! Gatsby has actually been adapted to film a couple of times in the past; none of them, however, have been particularly good (no, not even the Robert Redford one from 1974. Sorry, Bob!). Will this one buck the trend? Well let’s take a look, shall we?
Well, it… certainly looks like a Baz Luhrmann film. The big question I’ve had since the film’s inception is whether Baz was going to make it as anachronistic as, say, Moulin Rouge. The trailer suggests that this Gatsby has not a little bit in common with the 2001 hit: The images of the Jazz Age parties look to have the same sort of decadent spectacle that defined the world of Satine, Harold Zidler and the rest; the choice in music draws from the modern era rather than the past (the trailer opens with Jay-Z’s and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” before morphing into U2’s “Love Is Blindness”); and so on and so forth. That said, though, trailers aren’t always accurate to the films themselves, so I suppose we’ll have to wait and see.
Leo, Carey, and Tobey all look like they’re filling the shoes of their characters nicely—literally and figuratively (isn’t ‘20s fashion glorious?); it’s also kind of nice to see Leo paired with Baz Luhrmann for the first time since Romeo + Juliet, which in the actor’s pre-Titanic career was what catapulted him into the hearts of teenaged girls across the country. Those teenaged girls are now all roughly the same age as the characters in Gatsby, so it will be interesting to see how much Leo does or doesn’t continue to resonate for them. I was also pleased to catch a glimpse of the gigantic glasses of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg, the ophthalmologist ad which serves as the novel’s greatest symbol.
Oh, also, Gatsby is going to be in 3D. I have mixed feelings about 3D films, mostly because I don’t think filmmakers have really learned how to use it yet (they’re still largely framing shots for 2D—for example, I saw Thor in 3D last summer and I literally forgot it was in 3D while I was watching it. Not so good); but something tells me that if ever there was a filmmaker suited for 3D, it’s Baz Luhrmann.
All in all, it looks interesting; but then again, most Baz Luhrmann films do, even if they end up being flawed in the end. The Great Gatsby also features Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, and Amitabh Bachchan; it hits cinemas in December.
Tell us: What do you think of Baz and Leo’s latest cinematic outing?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.