I noted that “Fitzgerald’s storytelling is layered and nuanced in all the ways Luhrmann is not,” and that “there is no subtlety in Luhrmann: it is all bombastic artifice—electric spectacle and tableau… the psychological detail, the nuance of Fitzgerald’s novel will be gone—the sublime melancholy infused in all Fitzgerald’s stories lost in the neon haze and static of Luhrmann’s visuals.”
One should never place too much importance on a trailer, unless of course Andrew Dominick, Paul Thomas Anderson or Wes Anderson is cutting it, but the Gatsby trailer confirms that Luhrman has no taste, no sense of restraint, and certainly no great understanding of what Fitzgerald was after with his novel. Luhrmann, as expected, has stuffed it with ecstatic light and bombast, far too much CGI, and for some god-awful reason, Jay-Z.
The film adaptation looks like a melodramatic cartoon. Luhrmann is woefully out of his depth. Hopefully the trailer was a marketing tactic to attract young audiences who don’t give two shits about “The Great Gatsby” or F. Scott Fitzgerald, and that Lurhmann will deliver a tasteful adaptation that can parallel contemporary America, but I wouldn’t count on it.
“See it in RealD 3d”! Fuck.