Did F. Scott Fitzgerald ever imagine The Great Gatsby in 3-D?
It doesn’t matter, because Baz Luhrmann did, and the new trailer for the movie looks to offer the director’s usual flare for blingy anachronisms and over-the-top visual drama.
Exhibit one: Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild” soundtracks the trailer, proving the music will be a long way from the jazz of the roaring ’20s. Luhrmann, who also directed the gun-flashing William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, as well as Moulin Rouge, teases some truly epic party scenes here, which appear far crazier than the scenes from the 1974 film starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.
But for all of its gaudiness, the new version of this story of complicated love against the backdrop of skyrocketing American prosperity does feature some solid casting with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. Maybe Luhrmann’s heavy touch will bring some deserved greatness to the screened version of Gatsby. After all, who doesn’t love ridiculous soirees, ridiculous swimming pools, and drinking too much around the time of prohibition?