The book you were forced to read in the ninth grade is now the hottest 3-D film for the 2012 holiday season.
A trailer for The Great Gatsby has hit the internet and it has about as much swagger as James Bond in a Jay-Z music video. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire star in this glitzy flick that seems to mix F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel with the hit budget, crisp look of Chicago.
“The buildings were higher, the parties were bigger, the morals were looser, and the liquor was cheaper,” Maguire voices.
The trailer opens with Jay-Z and Kanye West’s thumping “No Church in the Wild” from their Watch The Throne album, which sets the mood for the party. Only one thing... The story takes place in the roaring 1920’s and neither of the rappers will be born for another 50 years.
Yet somehow it works.
Baz Luhrmann, the man responsible for Moulin Rouge, directs the film and employs the physically impossible tracks as a way of conveying the excess of the time period. Jay-Z songs were reportedly played while filming to get the cast in the mood to let loose.
The story follows a Midwesterner named Nick Carraway (Maguire) living in Long Island, who becomes infatuated by his neighbor Jay Gatsby’s extravagant lifestyle – a la parties, women and drinks all around.
Things get out of hand when Carraway’s closeness to Gatsby’s life involves him in a deadly tragedy.
“You always looks so cool,” Mulligan tells Dicaprio. “The man in the cool, beautiful shirts.”
If only real life was this cool. Now comes a long, and highly anticipated wait until the films release Christmas 2012.