The second official trailer for The Great Gatsby came out today (here is the first one), and it’s got all the hallucinatory visuals, anachronistic music, and Leonardo DiCaprio we have come to expect from any good Baz Luhrmann movie.
It starts off with Leo looking dreamy as ever as he gives Nick Carraway his speech about how he is “the son of some very wealthy people…sadly they’re all dead now” (how convenient) in some vaguely unidentifiable accent that will later prove to be completely made up. There are sumptuous party scenes, speeding cars, bizarre love overtures (this is a compliment, as it should come off as bizarre when someone tries to romance a cold hearted femmebot), intense music, crazy eyed looks, and everything else you thought it would have. And Jordan Baker, looking hot.
Baz Luhrmann has been criticized in the past for putting modern music in period films, but I think it works here, as The Great Gatsby is a story about living in a fake, fake world where you can do and be whatever you like. I particularly like the Jack White cover of U2‘s “Love Is Blindness” and the completely appropriate use of Kanye West and Jay-Z‘s “No Church In The Wild,” because who is more gangsta than Jay Gatsby? It did lose me a bit with that horrid, nu metal “You and Me” song, because there’s no way in hell any of the characters would like that song if it were released today. But I’m willing to forgive if that’s the only shitty song in the film.
All in all, I think it looks like the film does a great job of capturing the darkness of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s damning parable of the American dream. I sense purists are not going to like it, but to anyone who remembers the book being more charming and less horribly depressing than this trailer, I say: read it again, old sport.
Oh, and I reiterate: Carey Mulligan is totally pretty enough to play Daisy. She looks like Playboy’s Flapper of the Year.
(Via Refinery 29)