I just heard the most shocking thing in this first trailer for Baz Lurhman's THE GREAT GATSBY

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First of all, let me just dash the hopes of my fellow Capetonian brothers and sisters: No, this is not a documentary about Golden Dish. There will be no masala steak gatsbies on the big screen any time soon. Alas…

Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous story, hailed by many as the greatest American novel, comes this latest in a long list of adaptations of The Great Gatsby. Boasting by an incredible cast of Leo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton, it looks to be a fascinating and gripping tale of power, corruption, love, tragedy and thanks to director Baz Lurhman, really bright colours.

Seriously, those car scenes look like they’re straight out of Speed Racer.


Strangely enough, Lurhman’s always strong visual stylings seem to be working for me here. It really lends an almost otherworldly feel to the Roaring 20’s, which is kind of applicable due to that period’s opulence. And based on just these few snippets, the cast are certainly not phoning it in either. DiCaprio and Mulligan especially appear to be on fine form. The only question is, will those glossy visuals detract from that human drama – which is the spine of this story – or enhance it?


“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. 

Last Updated: May 23, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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