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'The Great Gatsby' trailer: yea or nay?

May 23, 2012 |  7:45 am

Baz Luhrman is a visionary filmmaker. His "Moulin Rouge" was a work of art, with its own visual language and bold musical interludes. He set "Romeo + Juliet" in the modern day, with guns, in saturated color. It's fair to say that sometimes his risks pay off, and sometimes they don't.

Now the Australian director has his hands on the classic American novel "The Great Gatsby," which he's remaking not just in his own vision, but in 3-D. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio (who was his Romeo in 1996) as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as the book's narrator, Nick Carraway, and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. The trailer debuted Tuesday night, and is below. If you haven't seen it yet and are expecting some twinkly 1920s music, you might want to turn your volume down.

So... yeah. That's certainly a holistic vision. But does it work for Gatsby? What do you think?


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America's 40 worst books. Gatsby? Really?

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Amitabh Bachchan, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Great Gatsby." Credit: Warner Bros.