Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Great Gatsby Trailer



Wednesday: May I ask you a question?

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is my absolute favorite book. And yesterday the trailer for Baz Luhrmann's movie adaptation was released.


I'm currently teaching Gatsby to my sophomores, and we are almost done. I can't wait to show them this trailer in class today! It's such perfect timing for its release, since we won't be able to watch this movie together as a class. 

Do you love The Great Gatsby? Hate it? Never read it? And what do you think about this trailer? What are your thoughts on this new adaptation?

I have a few doubts about the casting, but this trailer made me FEEL ALL THE FEELINGS. I squealed, I got chills, and I even I cried a little. Yes, I cried. This is my very favorite book and it looks like Baz Luhrmann NAILED IT. The lines that come word for word from the book, the rain when Gatbsy and Daisy meet, Jordan Baker!, TJ Eckleberg, Gatsby's yellow car, and OMG THE SCENE WITH THE SHIRTS. I DIE. 

Not to mention, Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of Romeo + Juliet is one of my very favorite movies ever. I know I'm going to love this. I've already watched this trailer a zillion times, and when I wasn't watching it I was listening to that Jack White cover of U2's Love Is Blindness because OMG where has that been all my life. 

I can't wait for this movie. Can't. Wait. (It doesn't help that my students keep joking that the world is going to end before I get a chance to see it.)

40 comments:

  1. I know I'm about to lose my writer-card... but I've never read this! Not even in school... It's on my classics TBR for sure. And I think the preview looks awesome! I'll definitely be reading it before the movie hits the theaters. :)

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    1. You need to get to it! It's not even 200 pages, so it's a super quick read.

      I'll wait.

      *waits*

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  2. Tell your student the Mayans didn't include leap year. Technically we should all be dead by now.

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    1. Yes, that argument always erupts in our classroom whenever the subject comes up. Those kids will feel so vindicated once 2013 rolls around.

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  3. This is in my top five all time books and always has been. I remember it vividly from high school and I usually reread it every year when my juniors do. I was a little nervous about the Leo version only because I LOVE the Robert Redford one, but this trailer gave me chills too. Come on Christmas Day!

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    1. You know, I don't love the Robert Redford version. I loved Redford as Gatsby, but I hate Mia Farrow as Daisy. Her acting just ruins the whole movie for me. And I love Bruce Dern as an actor, but not as Tom...he's not hulking enough.

      Hulking.

      So I'm super excited for this new adaptation!

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  4. I went to the same high school in Saint Paul, Minnesota that F. Scott Fitzgerald did. He was expelled, the story goes. His books are incredible, and the film looks like it should be very good.

    Have you seen Midnight in Paris? You'd probably like it.

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    1. I'm planning on watching it soon...before I go to Paris this summer! It sounds right up my alley.

      I love ALL of his books. And it doesn't surprise me that he was expelled. Heh.

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  5. I adore GATSBY; it's one of my favorite books of all time. I can't wait for the movie--like you, I loved the R&J film with Leo and Claire back in the day.

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    1. Yes, yes, yes...one of my favorite books EVER.

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  6. That looks awesome! I've actually never read The Great Gatsby. I didn't have to read it in high school. However, I started to read it during my clinicals last year, since several of the students were reading it. I had to teach a vocab lesson on it. I also did a project where I had them match different characteristics to each character. Then I got let go. I had borrowed a copy of the book and had to give it back, and then I didn't want to read it because it just reminded me of how I failed. But, that is in the past (and it's not the book's fault!) so I'll give it another shot.

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    1. Yes! Read it! Don't let a bad experience ruin a good book for you!

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  7. The trailer looks fantastic. I think I need to reread the novel. It's been a long, long time... :)

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  8. I believe it was the great 20th Century poet Rockwell who proclaimed "I always feel like somebody's watching me."

    In high school, I would make these 90 minute mix tapes full of love songs, happy & sad and called them "Love Is For Chumps" inspired basically by The Great Gatsby. I stopped at around my 9th volume.

    May I ask YOU a question? Remember when we all met up for that Angels/Mets game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens a few years back? Are you aware that you were literally sitting in Myrtle's "Valley of Ashes"?

    Your NYC dude wouldn't BS you. LOL

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    1. Dang...I need to pull out my pictures from that game and show my students!

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  9. I cannot wait for this. I adore Romeo+Juliet, and Leo when he's being a serious actor and Carey Mulligan in all the things. I think they've really captured the decadence of the book. I hope they get the seediness as well.

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    1. YES. There are so many layers to this story. But I have total confidence in Baz and co.

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  10. Eek... I haven't read The Great Gatsby! I'm totally going to before this movie comes out though. Moulin Rouge is one of my all-time faves, and I love Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+Juliet, so I am fully confident that Gatsby will be amazing! Thanks for sharing the trailer!

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    1. Katy! Get on it! It's a short one, you can bust through it quickly.

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  11. CANNOT. WAIT.

    Seeing the yellow car made me squeal! MAN, I love Baz.

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    1. ME TOO! I made a loud noise when that car raced into the shot. I love how he nailed those details!

      EEEE!

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  12. I can't wait for this movie!

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  13. Feeling all the things! Moulin Rouge is my favourite movie of all time. You know I LOVE R+J and I already have plans to deck myself out in pearls, furs, and cigarette holders when I see this in December!

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    1. YES! This is a dress up occasion FOR SURE.

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  14. I haven't watched the trailer yet, but Leo's look of constipation on all the screen caps gives me the giggles!

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    1. YouTube ALWAYS picks the worst screen cap. It never fails.

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  15. It looks really good! It's been a while since I read the book so I should re-read it before this fall. :)

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    1. I have read it every year since high school and it gets better and better every year. There are STILL new things I catch each time I read.

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  16. I read it on my own at about 24 and thought it was one of the most boring, overrated books ever. I gave it a 3-star review on my old Angelfire site. The story felt rushed, I didn't sympathize with the characters, and the whole storyline seemed implausible and ridiculous in so many ways. I thought Tender Is the Night was marginally better. Honestly, I read the book because I love the 1920s, and was very disappointed that I didn't get more depictions of life back then, just some parties given by some bootlegger.

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  17. I am glad I am not the only one who freaked out over the shirt scene!

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  18. I haven't read it before but the trailer looks awesome!

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  19. Um, I don't think I've read it since high school, so I really don't remember much. Something about a green light somewhere, car accident, the end.

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  20. I've read Gatsby a couple of times. The first time I hated it, but as I reread it I find myself loving it more and more. As for the film I can already tell that Tobey Maguire is going to get on my last nerve as Nick.However, Leo is the Gatsby I never knew I wanted! I will most definitely go see it!

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    1. I'm trying to hold out judgments on the cast until I see them in action. We'll see...

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