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Let’s Rush To Judgment: Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ In 3-D

Filed by KOSU News in Art & Life.
May 25, 2012

This week, we got our first look at the trailer for The Great Gatsby, the Baz Luhrmann 3-D extravaganza starring Tobey Maguire as Nick, Carey Mulligan as Daisy, and Leonardo DiCaprio as … well, you know. It will come out at Christmas, so that gives us more than six months to make semi-informed predictions about its quality.

There’s an obvious fit between the visual circuses Luhrmann has put on in films including Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet and the ultra-stylish world of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. It makes sense that he would be drawn to the opportunity to adapt a book about lavish parties, and the parties in the trailer do indeed look pretty lavish. Mission accomplished!

There’s some gorgeous stuff here: the dive into the pool, the glimpse of a bespectacled face that brings to mind both elements of the book and the iconic imagery on the cover, and of course, the yellow car. (I read this book a long, long time ago, and even I remember that.)

What do you think? Oscar contender? Legendary flop? Beautiful but terrifying? Or did you, like me, mostly think, “Wow, it’s been a while since I watched Tobey Maguire in anything where he wasn’t Spider-Man”?

And most of all, WHERE IS THE 3-D LITTLE WOMEN? (Kidding.) (Mostly.) [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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