Bazz Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby has been popping in and out of entertainment news headlines since he started casting, with rumours circulating that Ben Affleck would be playing Tom Buchanan (how great would that be!) and Blake Lively would be playing Daisy (how terrible would that be!). After settling on Leonardo DiCapprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton as the leads, we found out the whole thing would be shot in 3D, prompting a collective “WhaaaaaaaaaaaaTTTT?!?!” on Twitter and in college English classes.
The film is now in the can and set for a December release, but we have been given the first of many trailers that I’m sure will continue to generate firm opinions.
The movie looks sleek, visually rich, and certainly Luhrmann-esque… but part of me thinks Lurhmann should only be allowed to operate on a small budget to rein in his lasciviousness. Strictly Ballroom and Romeo + Juliet remain his best films, demonstrating Luhrmann’s knack for creating a unique visual style to frame genuine and powerful human moments. Unfortunately this trailer feels more like The Great Gatsby channeling Moulin Rouge. The aggressively ostentatious opulence of the aesthetics seems at odds with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quietly complex characters. But I will try to reserve judgement until I actually see the finished film!
Meanwhile, I think we can all agree that the soundtrack to the trailer is completely great. Have a listen, on repeat:
Jay Z and Kanye West f. Frank Ocean – No Church in the Wild
Jack White (cover of U2) – Love is Blindness