First look: ‘Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby’ [VIDEO]

Taylor Bigler Entertainment Editor
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The story of Jay Gatsby (an excellently cast Leonardo DiCaprio) and the object of his affection, Daisy Buchanan (a gamine Carey Mulligan) gets the Baz Luhrmann treatment in this year’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.”

If “Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet” and “Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge” taught us anything, it’s that a film can be set decades — or even centuries — ago and still feature current top 40 music on its soundtrack.

“Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby,” set in 1925 New York City, with all its flapper glory, still manages to have Kanye West booming from the sound system at its glittery, Champagne-soaked parties. You have to accept this sort of alternate universe to appreciate the loud and bright 3-D cinematography.

“Gatsby” is sure to be a gorgeous film, even if it appears to be an uneven, heavy-handed one. Tobey Macguire stars as the story’s narrator, Nick Carraway, and Isla Fisher as the flighty Myrtle Wilson.

“Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby” hits theaters Dec. 25, 2012.


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