The trailer for The Great Gatsby has arrived and it’s already become one of the more polarizing things in recent days. Which is alarming and amazing. It’s nice to see such hot passionate debate about a literary work, but it’s also annoying that many are finding faults in the work by a trailer. How often are trailers representative of the material in any substantial way?
Yes, Hollywood focus groups and dumbs down trailers to the point where one almost can skip the film entirely but they are merely a taste of what’s to come. We’ve been taught time and time again not to get too hyped or downtrodden over a trailer lest we be punished.
With that said I am very excited to see the trailer for The Great Gatsby arrive as it’s both a very known commodity (and one with no really decent adaptations as of yet) and an unknown one. When Baz Luhrman is involved there are certain expectations and the same goes for the young high profile cast. This has the potential to be amazing or laughable, with not a lot of ground in between. I have a good feeling. Even if it is a “style over substance” movie, a big glossy version of The Great Gatsby is just what the doctor ordered.
But if you’re a naysayer or bewildered, here’s a few things to help you: