The new “Great Gatsby” trailer inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel has been released and judging by the looks of it, it’s going to be a fantastic movie. Although the storyline is set in 1922, producers spiced up the Jazz Age with well-known hip hop tracks, says Deadline.
Sometimes I get really sad to see that great books are turned into great movies. They bring back disturbing memories of sweaty palms, flunked American literature exams, lack of toilet paper. Even so, the new “Great Gatsby” trailer released by the Warner Bros seems to be worth all the efforts. After all, a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton is definitely worth watching.
Judging by the images in the trailer, the movie preserves many elements of the Roaring Twenties. The costumes, the cars and the famous Times Square look the same as they used to be one century ago; even better thanks to the modern technology which dusted them off and added a modern touch to the pellicle. The hip hop tracks have a lot to do with the modern feeling one gets upon watching the trailer.
It will be very interesting to see why Baz Lurhmann opted for hip hop music instead of jazz, considering that scat singing is one of the most representative elements of the novel and of the Roaring Twenties, in general. It’s probably too early to jump to conclusions, but I’m going to do it anyway. I think Lurhmann’s soundtrack might suggest that the music has changed, but the American Dream is just as corrupt now as it used to be in the 20s. If my hunch is wrong then I guess… you’ll know why I failed most of my college exams.
There is another reason why I think Baz Lurhmann’s interpretation of the novel is going to be the best. Leonardo DiCaprio seems cut out for this part and he is better looking than the Great Gatsby I have portrayed in my mind while reading the book. This could be the first time I find that a movie is better than the book that inspired it.