Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming cinematic take on The Great Gatsby is that rare movie that’s already hugely controversial before it even comes out. Ever since plans were announced for Luhrmann to direct a film version of the high school reading list classic starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, debate has raged as to whether Luhrmann’s flashy, hyperkinetic visual style and the source material are a good match. When it was announced that the film was going to be in 3D, the argument between the films pre-emptive haters and defenders got even more intense.
The second trailer for the film, released yesterday, is unlikely to quell the debate. It looks like Luhrmann is taking the same over-the-top visual style he used in “Rome + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge!” and applying it to this material. So, what you think of this approach to the story very much depends on whether you’re a fan of Luhrmann’s previous work. While novelist and essayist Porochista Khakpour pronounced it “as tacky, cheap, inane as everything Luhrmann does” most internet commentary was along the lines of “whoa, awesome” including conservative columnist Ross Douthat who proclaimed “If it’s wrong to look forward to Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby, I don’t want to be right“. This write up by Christopher Rosen at the Huffington Post does a good job capturing the batshit insanity of the trailer:
There’s so much to LOVE in this new trailer for “The Great Gatsby,” which looks like what would happen if “Marie Antoinette” was directed by Zack Snyder instead of Sofia Coppola. There’s DiCaprio in full golden god mode, Carey Mulligan as the quintessential flapper (she should only play flappers from now on), Joel Edgerton’s Gary Sheffield-y mustache and that absolutely terrible cover of “Happy Together” tacked on the ending. What the what? It’s so insane, it just might work.
So, just crazy enough to work or just plain crazy? Watch the trailer for yourself below and decide: