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Thursday, 24 May 2012

The Great Gatsby and Skyfall

Baz Lurhmann is back with The Great Gatsby and cyberspace was buzzing with the debut of the trailer for the new adaptation, due out at Christmas.

The Great Gatsby Trailer

The movie, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 classically American story set during prohibition. DiCaprio is Gatsby, the man who has loved Daisy Buchanan for years but did not have the money to do anything about it. Now he is rich, but how is he getting his money?
Tobey Maguire plays Nick, who acts as our eyes and is thrust into a murky world of excess and bootlegging.

There has been a mixed  response since the trailer aired yesterday, some extremely excited by the visual oppulence of Lurhmann's design and photography; others put off by the stylised music and its feel of an overlong music video. One thing we can be sure of, this movie will have style, it will be fresh and it will be different. Just check out Romeo and Juliet (also starring DiCaprio) or Moulin Rouge, two other Baz Lurhmann movies that divided the public.

It has been a good week for trailers, for we also saw was James Bond had been getting up to during his hiatus; it seems he has had some sort of breakdown over Skyfall, which I am guessing is a codename for a daring mission. Skyfall looks edgy and raw, which follows on very nicely from Casino Royale. Directed by Sam Mendes, it promises to have class and intelligence too which would be very welcome to the series that is appearing to me to be fraying at the edges. Still, Daniel Craig is great as Bond, better as Bond than his other characters (Cowboys & Aliens anyone?), and the set-pieces look pretty stunning. We also have to wait until winter for this one.

Skyfall Trailer

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