The first trailer for Christmas 2012’s hotly-anticipated The Great Gatsby is everything you could hope for in a Baz Luhrman-directed adaptation: Raucous flapper-fringed parties, flashy cars, and immaculate tailoring–all bathed in hues of absinthe and champagne.
In Luhrman’s update on the 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, Leonardo DiCaprio takes on Gatsby, and is supported by Tobey Maguire (Nick Carraway) and Carey Mulligan (Daisy Buchanan). This is the third film adaptation of the book, and fans and critics have been sharpening their pitchforks since the project was announced–the inclusion of a Jay-Z/Kanye West track (“No Church in the Wild”) in the trailer has some howling.
“Gatsby: A Disney Show on Ice,” needles Ruhle65 at New York Mag. “Easily worst trailer ever made,” grumbles mikeyflatley on an IMDB thread. But we’re more in camp with Esquire, who predict, “The New Gatsby Will Be the Most Stylish Movie Ever,” and the LA Times, who herald, “Jazz Age excess with a hip-hop flourish.”
The movie will surely divide viewers into eager cinemaphiles and righteously angry bookworms. But really, you’ve read the book already, haven’t you? Learn to stop worrying, and love the 3-D glasses!