Posted by: ckckred | July 23, 2012

Trailer Analysis: The Great Gatsby

As I was watching the trailer for The Great Gatsby, I had one word floating in my head the entire time: why?

I didn’t think the trailer was awful.  It looks like it has great art direction and sets.  What I couldn’t understand is that why it is in 3-D.  It’s an adaption of Scott Fitzgerald’s excellent novel, which I doubt was ever intended to be accompanied by a rap song or be in 3-D either.

Does it really need to be in 3-D?  The only movie I’ve seen that has used the third dimension well is Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.  But Baz Luhrmann, who directed Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge, is no Scorsese and I’m not sure how it’s really necessary for the film.

I can compliment Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance as Gatsby, but I couldn’t really find myself liking the trailer.  It just seems like big studio award filler, like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  If I hear some good word about the movie I may change my mind but I haven’t been convinced to watch it, at least not yet.



  1. The 3D trailer before Spider-Man was eye-crossingly awful

    • I didn’t see it in 3-D, but I’m sure it will be bad in it. It looks like it would be bad in any dimension. Thanks for commenting.

      • It looks interesting to me, but the bad 3D in the trailer made me change my mind from seeing it in 3D. I’ll probably see it in 2D.

  2. I fail to understand why it is in 3D either. It is an screen adaptation of a classic – why would they want to do that? 3D would attract a much younger audience, I suppose. Seeing the trailer, I think the film will largely lack the emotional depth and intensity of the novel. DiCaprio will do his best, but apart from his contribution, the film would be just that – a firework of weird and funny.

    • That’s exactly what I was thinking. Even big action dreck like Transformers 3 has a reason to be in 3-D: to throw as many punches or explosions as they can to the camera.

      I have no idea why The Great Gatsby is in 3-D. Leonardo DiCaprio looks good in his role, but I’m not sure if the film would wprk.

  3. […] wasn’t really looking forward to The Great Gatsby.  I didn’t like the trailer nor did I understand why the movie was in 3-D.  Warner Bros. probably believes a summer release […]

  4. I’m actually in favour of The Great Gatsby using 3D to help demonstrate the excess, wealth and general overindulgence that saturates the character’s environment, here at least it could be used to great effect. It all hinges upon whether it detracts from the emotional side of the story or whether Luhrmann manages to balance it well.
    That’s my two cents anyway.

    • My main worry is that is just might be using 3-D like most movies do: for the higher admission. If Luhrmann uses it well, I’ll see the justification of the use. Thanks for commenting.

      • No problem, let’s hope it’s justified.

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