This definitely is a Baz Luhrmann movie, is the first thought that crossed my mind when I saw this newly released trailer for The Great Gatsby. The clip’s only two and a half minutes but leaves your brain scrambling to process the series of lavish visuals thrown together. As the opening bars of The Throne’s “No Church in the Wild” plays and Tobey Maguire begins narrating, “New York, 1922. The tempo of the city had changed sharply. The buildings were higher, parties were bigger, the morals were looser …” the screen explodes into fireworks and scenes from a decadent party that are quite reminiscent of Baz’s Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet. He’s always so particular about his costumes and production, isn’t he? Carey Mulligan looks divine in this, Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio is pitch perfect, and here’s the piece de resistance — we didn’t know this until now, but the Bollywood legend, Amitabh Bachchan is playing the wolfish character of Meyer Wolfsheim, as you’ll see in the trailer. Apparently, Baz chased him down for the role. I’m still concerned about the chemistry between Leo and Carey as Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, but will reserve all judgement until I actually watch the film. Which I definitely will, as should you.
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