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The Great Gatsby

Luhrmann teaches us that crime is FABULOUS


The trailer for the Baz Luhrmann adaptation of The Great Gatsby hit the net little over a week ago and features some wonderful shots of the mysterious Gatsby (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) in all his finery. The cast also includes Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan and Carey Mulligan as Tom’s wife (and object of Gatsby’s affections) Daisy. Maguire and DiCaprio are best buds in real life also making that on screen relationship a little bit easier. Have a look, old sport:



Based in the conflicting worlds of “new” and “old” money in New York. The Great Gatsby tells the tale of Nick Carraway, a budding bonds salesman who moves in next to a mysterious fellow known only as Gatsby who throws wonderfully extravagant parties for strangers. The novel revolves around Nick’s exploration of the seedy underbelly of the New York elite while looking at questions of style over substance. Something we know quite a bit about … style over substance, not the seedy underbelly of New York (we will rectify this soon).

While Baz Luhrmann may not have been the most immediate or clear choice to direct The Great Gatsby, he certainly has a taste for the theatrical much like the eponymous character. We don’t mind as we rather enjoyed Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet (the less said about Australia the better). While this trailer will certainly be a turnoff for some fans of the novel and it’s more grimy elements, it has a distinct flavour about it that could ensure that this adaptation trumps the dreadful Robert Redford attempt from 1974. Compare the trailers:



There are some great shots in this trailer alone, Leo throwing his beautiful shirts off the balcony in his dressing room will hopefully look stunning in 3D. Brief clips of Isla Fisher’s Myrtle and Amitabh Bachchan’s Meyer Wolfsheim also feature. Joel Edgerton looks ready to explode as Tom, something we like to see, however we’d much rather see him in his greased get-up from Warrior again. The film has been shot in 3D so will hopefully look better than some of those dreadful conversions we’ve seen recently. We’re looking for something more like Hugo, less like Men In Black 3.

If you fancy the look of Redford’s Gatsby, it’s available here.

Words: Joshua Hammond

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