Baz Luhrmann's Latest <i>Gatsby</i> Will Blind You Until All You Can See Are Green Lights
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Baz Luhrmann's Latest Gatsby Trailer Will Blind You Until All You Can See Are Green Lights

By Joanna Robinson | Trailers | April 4, 2013 | Comments ()


Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel has already been beset by problems. It was supposed to open last winter, and early images and trailers left many wondering if Luhrmann had sacrificed all the meditative melancholy of Fitzgerald's story of one man and his unrealistic notions of the American Dream for the flash bang wallop of a Jay-Z music video. So let me tell you this: I know I'm supposed to hate this new trailer and I emphatically don't. I'm a book snob and a Gatsby snob but christalmighty this looks good. I can't swear to what the final product will be. Who knows if Luhrmann has included enough actual story to hang all of the pretty pretty shots on, but I am ferociously excited to find out. Fans of the book or earlier film adaptations will get a kick out of the many familiar (and iconic) images. My personal favorite? Poor Myrtle. That sequence looks fantastic. Enjoy!

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  • Strand

    I'm unsold on the overuse of green screen. I know it's meant to be overstylised, but it just looks fake in the way every background in the Star Wars prequels did. You just know the actors are basically miming on a 20 foot green stage and everything else is being filled out behind.

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  • leigh

    ah ha ha ha ha. awesome.

  • Az

    They had me at the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg.

  • Four Eyes

    I don't know whether I should be irritated that I won't be able to take my students to see it in time before their Literature exams or relieved. It looks wonderfully pretty but I could just see my students writing about Jay Z's influence on 1920's American culture. I DID have to confiscate one of my students' copy of Twilight after she somehow confused Bella with Lizzie Bennet. That and my ensuing terror are a whole 'nother story.

  • Salieri2
    I DID have to confiscate one of my students' copy of Twilight after she somehow confused Bella with Lizzie Bennet.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    At least he got the clothes and the hair right... And the set. Some movies made in the 70's just look bad because of the hair, and the clothes. And some were just bad. I really wish someone would remake Bonnie & Clyde. That is horrible.

  • rio

    I love Baz Luhrmann to no end, and I love the great gatsby equally and Im exited about this but Daisy looks a bit to feely for my taste, I mean she's an awful manipulative bitch in the book, regardless of what she might make gatsby believe and the ending comes as almost inevitable, this looks like a legit love story, I hope it's just the way they spinned it in the trailer and that luhrmann didnt actually changed her in a lovely woman trapped in a loveless marriage, cause there is line that I love more than, "They were careless people, Tom & Daisy-- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made...", ok actually I try to live by this other wonderful one, "“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” but Im let's face im a bitch so I fail constantly

  • Mel C.

    I like that it's played like a love story in the trailer. The more you see her through Jay's eyes, the more devastating the ending becomes.

  • Jill

    I'm a fan of Mulligan. Truly. But if she doesn't play a role of someone without so much damn fragility (either because the role calls for it or because that's how she chooses/is directed to play it) soon, her audience is going to get bored and she's going to get type cast. I realize she has a very youthful look, but for God's sake, punch a person in the face every once in a while or something. It'll do wonders for making you look less child-like.
    And there's no way she's going to be able to top Farrow's "I hope she's a little fool" scene. No f***ing way.

  • Three_nineteen

    So that's what I was feeling but couldn't put into words. I though it was because Carey Mulligan still looks like she's twelve years old, but yes - Daisy looked too vulnerable. She should be the unattainable princess.

  • Strand

    I never got the impression that Daisy was manipulative, at least knowingly. She just drifts through life, enchants everyone she meets and is a spoilt child who unwittingly ruined a poor sod's life.

  • LexieW

    I personally can't wait to see it. There are other faithful adaptations if that's what you want. I think, if you're going to do a highly, HIGHLY stylized version of such a period-based story, Luhrmann's the perfect choice.

  • cruzzercruz

    It looks so "modern!"

    Said idiots.

  • ZombieMrsSmith

    All I can see is how much Carrie Mulligan looks like Kim Cattrall. And not in a good way.

  • prairiegirl

    I've never cared for the book, though I've read it three times - each time expecting to like it since the rest of humanity seems to do so. I like Luhrmann well enough but I don't think I'll be seeing this.

    The funny thing is, having read the book multiple times, I honestly can't tell you much of anything about it. Infidelity, ostentatious parties, enormous wealth, the roaring 20's, and a car are what stick with me but I couldn't tell you the storyline if my life depended on it. I get the literary merits and all, I just don't dig it. Sorry, F. Scott Fitzgerald.

  • I love the book but I've tried to read other F. Scott Fitzgerald books and haven't been able to get into them like this one. Surprisingly I read it for high school English which usually ruins books for me cause of all the analysis we have to do for essays but the analysis made me admire The Great Gatsby more.

  • Jill

    Your 1st sentence is how I feel about Catcher in the Rye. Off topic I know, so please excuse me.

  • BWeaves

    Actually, this doesn't look bad, and I hated the Robert Redford version, except for Bruce Dern.

    However, I'm in the camp that would have liked a fantastic 1920's jazz score.

  • Alexander Boardman

    I actually think it looks dreadful and whilst it certainly seems to be trying to capture the larger than life image that surrounds many of the characters in 'The Great Gatsby', I love the book for its subtleties. People may disagree but there is a lot of tension and words left unsaid in Gatsby that, judging from the trailer, Luhrmann has missed completely.

  • Lee

    Luhrmann wouldn't know 'subtle' if it bashed him over the head and gave him cooties.

  • Anna von Beav

    Yes. Yes yes yes.

  • Sofia Carter

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  • llp

    It's going to be a spectacular spectacular.

  • michaelceratops

    God, I am so incredibly amped for this movie. There's all these Negative Nancys that are whining about the soundtrack with "Nothing says F. Scott Fitzgerald like a dub step Amy Winehouse cover"

    Oh yeah, and nothing says "turn of the century French burlesque" like THE POLICE or DAVID BOWIE. Get the fuck over yourselves and just enjoy something rather than dragging everything down with your stringent ideas of what a "period" movie should be.

  • Monica

    I love that there's someone who is bothered by other people's enthusiasm for the movie that that person is going and down-voting all the positive comments. Negative Nancy, is that you? We know you're out there.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I don't care about the anachronisms, it just looks like all style and no substance. I thought a lot of the music choices in Moulin Rough were kind of clever and fun, but so far Gatsby looks like there's no restraint. It looks like Luhrmann at his most Luhrmann-iest.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Ugh. Australia. I remember.

  • Strand

    Australia was the only time I remember feeling cheated after seeing. Luhrmann hyped it into oblivion as being a homage to old epic films like Gone With the Wind, it had a great cast and the trailer played it completely straight.

    Turned out be a huge campy mess with awful cow CGI, moustache-twirlingly evil villains and lines like "Shut ya damper hole!" that makes the Aussie in me cringe every 30 seconds. There are worse movies than Australia, but that was the last time I felt truly betrayed.

  • $27019454

    No. No no no.

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  • Mrs. Julien

    But what if, like in Romeo + Juliet, he manages fantastic moments of stillness that bring everything down to a sincere emotional level? Cause that would be awesome and not something they'd show in a trailer.

  • $2786243

    My problem with Luhrmann is that the screencap you posted could be from ANY of his movies. Dizzying camera angle? Check! Sassy snarling babes in too much makeup? Check! Dance number? Check! Glitter/confetti? Check! Wild color palette? Check! It's cool to have a style and all, but Luhrmann just makes Luhrmann Movie over and over again. (I say this having ADORED Strictly Ballroom.)

  • I love Luhrmann's style. The saturated colours, the intense emotions and the way he frames it with his camera, costumes and settings, the way all his movies are beautiful glorious vivid artworks in their own right. I love the book Great Gatsby and whilst the story is more subtle than the way the movie seems to be, I like how he's making his own adaption of it and the way the movie is shaping up and am jumping off my seat in anticipation for it. So pumped!

  • Mel C.

    LOVE Romeo + Juliet, MEH on Moulin Rouge, but the Baz Lurhmann style is absolute perfection for the source material. I cannot wait for this! The party scenes, the excess, the Leo.

  • Lee

    I am so with you re. Strictly Ballroom; one of my fave movies. But yes - I have to say, watching this will make me vomit glitter like Moulin Rouge did, with his trademark vertigo inducing OTT shmaltz. I'm tired of the hype this hack keeps getting.

  • Zen

    He forced me into it. Where the man goes, the lady must follow; I had no choice.

  • Captain D

    I expect Toby Maguire can pull off the Nick role very well, but after watching the trailer I'm wishing they'd cast Adam Scott instead.

  • Strand

    Vinnie Chase would have nailed this!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I say yes, because I hate Toby Maguire voice. And not only do I hate it as a baseline, but I don't like Peter Parker narrating The Great Gatsby.

    Other than that, I want to live in that font, and I can't imagine anyone more right for Deco-Excess.

  • Nadine

    Whelp, that's the most excited a Baz Lurhman trailer has made me since Romeo & Juliet.

    I haven't read the book so I can't say much about that. But the soundtrack sounds fucking amazing. Fucking. AMAZING

  • AudioSuede

    Can you hear my boos through the intertubes? I'm yelling them as loudly as I can.

    Music aside (I love that Winehouse cover).

  • BendinIntheWind

    Agreed. I'll buy the shit out of this soundtrack, but there is NO way I'm watching this nonsense.

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