The Great Gatsby Trailer Is Here And People Are Freaking Out About It

Rely on Baz Luhrmann to murder your high school lit class memories without a backward glance.

May 23, 2012 at 1:30pm | Leave a comment

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Oh, why not.

Hooray, the trailer for Baz Luhrmann's upcoming (as in Christmas) update of "The Great Gatsby" has landed. Most of what I've heard about this film thus far was the mixture of incredulity and outrage with which the announcement that it would be filmed in 3D was met.

(I, for one, like the idea of more period dramas being in 3D. I want freaking Downton Abbey in 3D! I want the lush splendor of the costumes and Matthew's sweet sweet tears like warm summer rain on my fucking face, y'all. That is what I want from my 21st-century entertainment experience.)

ANYWAY: Gatsby! The film definitely looks super Baz Luhrmann-y, a bit "Moulin Rouge"-y and a healthy portion of "Romeo-and-Juliet"-with-grownups-y. Not that I would have expected different. I'm looking forward to it mostly because "The Great Gatsby" was one of those books I was supposed to read in high school American Lit but never did, so I have no connection to the story, nor have I any long-held imaginings of what it should look like. I think I read the Cliffs notes. I remember something about a blue light out on the water being extra meaningful. 

The trailer is rife with anachronisms and Leonardo DiCaprio's furrowed brow, with backing music by Jay-Z and Kanye West and Jack White that has already got some critics' backs up. Many folks continue to be annoyed at the ultra-stylized approach. I like the outfits, but I really only go to the movies for eye candy these days. What do you think?