Be still our beating hearts: the first teaser trailer for Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of 'The Great Gatsby' trailer has landed and we're in for an absolute treat...
For starters, the two-and-a-half-minute snapshot is dark and decadent in true reflection of F. Scott Fitzgerald's legendary novel. We're reminded of a 'Moulin Rouge' meets 'Romeo + Juliet' stylee — see the lavish party with fireworks, saucy showgirls and intoxicating glitz all presented in a fast-paced whirl. The glamour of the Roaring Twenties makes a stark contrast to Carey Mulligan's tear-stained cheeks, Leonardo DiCaprio's mean-and-moody pouting and the sinister screeching that appears towards the end.
Meanwhile, the costumes are breath-taking from a parade of sequin-covered flapper dresses to Daisy's ethereal floaty frocks, all topped off with colourful feathers, Twenties-tastic cloche hats and sparkling jewels (courtesy of Tiffany & Co, no less). Lest we forget vintage queen Ashley Olsen provided the film with her own personal collection of dresses so we always knew there'd be some corkers. Talk about a visual feast!
As for the soundtrack, isn't it poundingly cool? Yep, that's Kanye West and Jay-Z's bass-heavy tune 'No Church in the Wild' opening the trailer, providing a modern twist to the retro glamour. Then things get rather heart-wrenching as Jack White's cover of U2's 'Love Is Blindness' comes into play for the second half of the teaser. Golly, Mr Luhrmann sure knows his music biz, doesn't he? We're still convinced that 'Romeo + Juliet' has one of the best soundtracks of all time...
Ooh, we haven't seen Leo looking so ravishingly dapper and brow-furrowingly intense since his Romeo days. What swagger he has as Jay Gatsby! And did you catch that cheeky smirk? As for the sizzling chemisty he has with our Mulligan, we're feeling the tingles already. Yes people, there is. a. sex. scene.
And Carey Mulligan? Well, we've oft expressed our skepticism about whether the Brit starlet has the pizzazz to pull off our beloved Daisy Buchanan and we can happily say that she's exceeded all our expectations. With her wide-eyed prettiness and fresh face framed by a dainty blonde bob, the girl has suddenly become cool.
So basically, it's everything we'd hoped for and more! But we're going to stop our excited tittering so you can get those jazz hands at the ready, click play and enjoy. Just one question: how are we POSSIBLY going to wait till Christmas for the full shebang?!