BREAKING NEWS
Man who killed Blessie Gotingco named as Tony Douglas Robertson ... Read more
Close

The Great Gatsby trailer revealed

GILES HARDY
Last updated 14:09 23/05/2012

Relevant offers

Entertainment

Gaunt looking Liam Neeson causes concern Shia LaBeouf says he would have killed girlfriend Mia Goth if onlookers hadn't intervened 'I'm disgusted': Ruby Rose in trouble over Floyd Mayweather photo West storms off stage at Pan Am Games Nick Gordon on 'suicide watch' after news of Bobbi Kristina's death: reports Palmerston North pub celebrates with some old-school funk Pre-order playable Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator for WWE 2K16 Saint John Divine Live with Strings Attached Dannevirke's Fantasy Cave Loading Docs documentary premieres Morgan Neville talks Best of Enemies

We know it was shot in Sydney but the trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby quickly shows, and tells us that it is New York 1922, with shots of the Manhattan skyline and Times Square that required such complicated digital recreation it becomes clear why it was just as easy to shoot thousands of miles away.

Tobey Maguire narrates us through a genuine full length trailer - no 10 second teaser this - which is more than a third over before the titular Gatsby is shown.

Somewhat surprisingly, the sense of anticipation does build even in that short amount of time.

With title cards carefully citing Baz Luhrmann as the "Director of Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge", but with no mention of Australia (the film), this short sample would appear to be a visual spectacular to rival those films yet clearly crafted with a different palette.

The footage is overwhelmingly lavish and rich and Carey Mulligan's Daisy informs us that Gatsby is "the man in the cool beautiful suits" yet we hear very little from DiCaprio as F Scott Fitzgerald's iconic American.

As Joel Edgerton emerges from behind a smoking cigar the trailer devolves into a rock music montage effort, and diminishes in appeal a little for it.

We revisit the impressive digitally recreated Times Square and a longer shot of a strikingly less convincing digital car chase that one can only hope is not a final version, letting down the effects that otherwise seem exceptional.

Ultimately this is an impressive trailer that does much to dispel concerns that this Gatsby had raised during shooting - post-Australia Baz seems to be back on form and Sydney does a good stint as 1920s New York state - yet the proof will be in the full, 3D, pudding.

What do you think of the trailer? Are you now looking forward to The Great Gatsby?

- Sydney Morning Herald

Ad Feedback

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content