Movie Trailer Review: ‘The Great Gatsby’ is Great Indeed

Sunday, April 21-

“Can’t repeat the past? . . . Why of course you can!” – Jay Gatsby

The newest film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is set to premiere on May 10. The movie’s release was originally set for December 2012, but the date was postponed in hopes that the film would top this summer’s blockbusters.

Typically, when movies such as this have been promoted for such a long period of time, their advertisements grow annoying and tiresome. However, I can honestly say that every “Gatsby” promo I encounter only heightens my anticipation of the film’s release.

Baz Luhrmann, who previously directed “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge!” crafts the roaring ‘20s in a uniquely futuristic light. Furthermore, the music in the trailers sets the film’s mood perfectly, including permeating scores from Sia, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey and Florence and the Machine, among others.

The haunting trailers that have been posted thus far support that the film is beautifully cast – featuring big names such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Toby Maguire, Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton as Jay Gatsby, Daisy, Nick Carraway, Myrtle and Tom Buchanan, respectively.

In my opinion, Leonardo DiCaprio is the only Gatsby that has ever been and will be – embodying the mysterious millionaire to a tee. Furthermore, I applaud that Luhrmann cast Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan when Ben Affleck was unable to play the role. He seems much more suited to depict Tom’s misogynistic and power hungry character.

In addition, the producers cast Elizabeth Debicki, a relatively unknown Australian actress, as Jordan Baker. Though they took a risk recruiting a newcomer to play such a key supporting character, she assumes the persona perfectly throughout the trailer in both appearance and demeanor.

Aside from the spot on character portrayals, I was delighted to see that much the novel’s symbolic imagery has been translated into the film’s story line. For instance, the trailers include snippets depicting everything from the book’s meaningful floral placement and Daisy’s pearls to Gatsby’s green lantern of hope and Eckleberg’s watchful spectacles.

I am a huge fan of the book and, overall, the film appears to provide a wonderful and authentic rendition of Fitzgerald’s timeless novel.

 

-Alex Mediavilla

Staff Writer

The Prowl