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“The Great Gatsby” – Trailer Hopes and Desires

May 23, 2012

If you haven’t seen it yet – here it is.
The trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”.

 

The trailer soars – especially once Jack White’s version of “Love Is Blindness” is unleashed. (Dare I say it’s better than the U2 original?)

Many of the fears expressed about this adaptation appear to have been swept away. The movie certainly looks wonderful and it might just be enough to erase the blot of Australia from Luhrmann’s copybook (although one error has already been located.)

Trailers can of course be misleading however Tim Watts holds out hope and gives reasons why here:

As a massive fan of both Gatsby and Luhrmann (mostly) I think this is an ideal match.

Fundamentally, “The Great Gatsby” is melodrama. It’s all over the top emotion, extreme actions and highly contrived plot development. Frankly, the prose is often so descriptively florid that it would border on the comical outside an ‘American classic’.

This is what Luhrmann does best. His best movies (R&J, Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom) are all over the top, visually intense cavalcades of emotion and melodrama.

I love the work of Carey Mulligan and I’m hoping she burns up the screen in the role of Daisy. Leo will be suitably mysterious and I’m hoping that Tobey Maguire can find the depth of character displayed in his earlier roles as the film will largely rest upon his performance.

It will also be a case of spot the Aussie given the number of Australians in supporting roles. Hopefully their accents will pass for New York in the Twenties.

 

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