In literature terms F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby maybe regarded as a classic but for the 1974 film version starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow and Bruce Dern you may have an argument. That film was not a box office success but lets step forward 38 years get Australian director Baz Luhrmann behind the camera get it to star Leonardo Di Caprio, Carey Muligan, Tobey Maguire you could be onto to something big here, now let’s check the films official first trailer!
Set in The roaring 1920’s The Great Gatsby tells the tale of Nick Caraway (Maguire) a recent graduate, World War One veteran who rents a summer house next door to a mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby(Di Caprio). Over time Nick becomes friends with the reclusive Gatsby becoming part of his inner circle eventually struck by obsession and tragedy
When you get Luhrmann onboard you know the film is going to be big, extravagant, vibrant, roaring, colourful capturing the essence of the decade the film is set in the 1920’s. If your a fan of Luhrmann’s films The Great Gatsby certainly has the director’s trademark style however I’m still not a fan of 3D however this film does looked to have used Moulin Rouge as guide of how 3D camera may work for this,as well as the use of modern day music as the soundtrack though that’s one of the things that is off putting about this film but typical Luhrmann. I’m still not a 100% convinced about this one but intrigued in what Ive seen so far, probably the old scenario does this film deserve another chance on the big screen and will a new version add any value?What ever you think this one has Oscar nomination written all over it and with a December 26th release date (25th USA) it suggests that’s the aim.
The Great Gatsby also stars Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke and Isla Fisher.
*UPDATE 23 May 2012 – A big Thanks to Warner Bros UK who have just sent us the UK version of the Trailer!*
Synopsis: “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
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