Kirsty Capes discusses the first trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby…
When Baz Luhrmann takes the helm of a new project, nothing but excellence is expected. And of course, the first trailer for his latest movie The Great Gatsby serves only to add to his sterling record. He seems to have captured all of the intrigue, luxury, opulence, desire and deceit that made F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel such a classic of the early twentieth century.
The trailer offers us a glimpse into what is sure to be another gloriously overdone affair, typical of Luhrmann’s style. Everything is bigger and better; as Tobey Maguire’s Nick says, “the buildings were higher; the parties were bigger” – it’s fitting for such a notoriously flamboyant director to take on the American Dream. Fitzgerald’s novel tells of the boom of the American economy and culture in the 1920s, and the resulting attitudes of those who were privy to it. Cue beautiful glittering sets in some of New York’s most expensive venues and of course, a stellar cast to match. Carey Mulligan, although much-debated over her suitability for the role of Daisy, appears to embody her quiet but shrewd nature perfectly, and Leonardo DiCaprio only adds to the mystery and intrigue surrounding the character of Gatsby.
Some critics have argued the accuracy of the adaptation, worried that Luhrmann’s artistic flair will not leave room for the film to abide strictly to the book. One point of contention is the use of a modern soundtrack for a film set in 1922, but let’s cast our eyes briefly over Luhrmann’s track record. One of his movies was an adaptation of Shakespeare, and another was set in the bohemian revolution in France; both used a modern soundtrack, and both were international hits. Luhrmann has every right to use a modern soundtrack, because he has proven time and time again that he can make it work. And the sleek, fast-paced look of the film will surely compliment it.
Judging from this first look at The Great Gatsby, we will certainly be in for a treat when this visual spectacle hits cinemas this winter. It will surely be well worth the wait.