Recently, the first official movie trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated big screen adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece “The Great Gatsby” went viral. So far, audiences seem to be equally divided in their initial reactions to this preliminary glimpse into Gatsby’s latest foray onto the silver screen. As a “Great Gatsby” enthusiast, here is why I am currently incredibly excited for Luhrmann’s adaptation of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece of American literature.
Important Note: Yes, I understand why many people are crying foul over the usage of modern auto-tuned songs in the trailer, but I honestly believe they are blowing it way out of proportion. Just because certain tracks are utilized in a preview by no means guarantees their presence in the final product. Plus, I feel both songs nicely complimented the on-screen action.
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of today’s finest actors, and I cannot wait to witness his portrayal of one of literature’s most famous yet tragic individuals.
Actress Elizabeth Debicki appears to be a perfect embodiment of professional golfer/ socialite Jordan Baker. She is tall and slender, possessing a natural elegance with easy going grace.
One of “The Great Gatsby’s” most famous minor characters, Owl Eyes holds a brief 2-3 seconds of screen time in the trailer. But judging from this quick glimpse, he perfectly resembles the shifty and excitable man within the book. His bulbous spectacles make him instantly recognizable.
The Roaring Scene
“The Great Gatsby” is about excess, greed, naivety, romance and ultimately the flawed and artificial nature of the American Dream. This is all set amongst the backdrop of the Roaring 20s, an era defined by flappers, prohibition and the demons of World War I slowly receding in the wake of a youthful optimism for the future.
Luhrmann’s vision of Gatsby’s infamous parties appears incredibly faithful to the source material, depicting eye-popping gaudy affairs teeming with gaiety and chaos. The dazzling color palettes and opulent settings look simply mesmerizing, and were expected, as one of Luhrmann’s cinematic signatures is his obsession with injecting his material with its own distinctive aesthetic qualities.
Doctor T.J. Ekleburg
The name of a withered old billboard ad situated within the Valley of Ashes, Ekleburg serves as an enduring symbol of omnipotence and judgment throughout “The Great Gatsby.” I’ll admit, Luhrmann’s version is far more dramatic then I envisioned, but I feel the dramatized look will fit in comfortably with the surrounding stylistic direction.
One of the book’s antagonists, Tom is a brutish and roughhewn aristocrat who is married to Daisy. Joel Edgerton doesn’t look as built and muscled as the book’s description of his character, but his stern visage and intimidating presence seem to be the perfect fit to portray one of the most despicable individuals in the novel.
“The Great Gatsby” will be hitting theaters nationwide on December 25, 2012.