If people were lining up to be skeptical of a film adaptation of a classic 1925 novel in 3-D, I'd be near the front of the queue. Wouldn't it be nice if we could leave "The Great Gatsby" alone? Didn't the soporific 1974 movie teach us anything? Can we not let F. Scott Fitzgerald rest in peace?
I have a deep appreciation for director Baz Luhrmann's visual imagination. He makes things look amazing, and even if his "Romeo + Juliet" wasn't loved by everyone, at least he tackled Shakespeare with a unique intensity and verve. But Gatsby and 3-D are two things I didn't think I've ever have to contemplate. And so, well, I haven't exactly been looking forward to it.
So it was with astonished pleasure that I watched the new official trailer for "The Great Gatsby." Maybe it's because it's full of conflict -- we hear lots of Gatsby's nemesis, Tom Buchanan. Maybe it's because the colors are bright and the cuts are fast. Maybe it's because -- and this worries me a bit -- the trailer seems to almost the entire arc of the movie, including someone getting run down by a car.
That hardly matters. It's a pretty great trailer. Don't miss it.
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