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"Great Gatsby" Trailer: "Moulin Rouge" and "Romeo + Juliet" Rolled In One?

Sarah Parvini |
May 24, 2012 | 1:11 p.m. PDT

Senior Entertainment Editor

"Great Gatsby" trailer screen capture (FlyDigs).
"Great Gatsby" trailer screen capture (FlyDigs).
The trailer for Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" debuted this week, and it has quite a few people up in arms. While some viewers thought it looked exciting and showed promise for its December release, others claimed it was anachronistic and egregiously over the top--who could blame them when the trailer features a duet by Jay-Z and Kanye West, and music by Jack White?

Based on the F. Scott Fitzegerald novel most of us had to read in our high school English courses, the film stars Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Leonardo DiCaprio as the "Great" Gatsby himself.

As Carraway, Maguire sets the tone in the preview. "The buildings were higher, the parties were bigger, the morals were looser and the liquor was cheaper," he says. Carraway is drawn to Gatsby's world of excess. Luhrmann definitely delivers on bigger, higher and looser--down to the zebra floaty in the pool.

Naturally, "Gatsby" will be released in 3-D, because everyone needs to see the novel's mysterious green light in all its glory. There will be a small problem with that, though. One sign in particular will pop out with those 3-D glasses on: the misspelled name of the famed Ziegfeld Follies.

Yet, it is surprising that so many people wouldn't expect the anachronism and gaudy film we get a glimpse of in the trailer. At the very least, it captures the unattainable lifestyle Carraway first sees. Not to mention, the preview paints a beautiful vignette of mixed colors, vintage cars and nostalgia, complete with a brandished glow only the Roaring Twenties could provide.

Luhrmann should be known for his eccentric style by now; people shouldn't expect the 1974 "Great Gatsby" starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Have we forgotten his last collaboration with DiCaprio, "Romeo + Juliet?" It is much of the same: an updated version of a classic, set in the modern suburb of Verona, but using the original dialogue.

How about his other well-known film, "Moulin Rouge?" The movie is a colorful take on star-crossed love, peppered with modern musical hits.

Like much of Luhrmann's work, there is a solid chance the film adapation of "Gatsby" won't be for everyone. But for those who love the silver screen dripping with excess, beautiful costumes and a stimulating musical score, the director's take on a classic could easily impress.

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Watch the trailer for "The Great Gatsby" below.



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