'The Great Gatsby' trailer: The son of wealthy people, all dead now -- VIDEO

The new trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby puts a sharp focus on Leonardo DiCaprio’s titular gold-hatted party-monger. “I am the son of some very wealthy people,” he explains. “Sadly, they’re all dead now.” Then he brandishes a medal of valor and drives real fast through Roaring ’20s New York. It’s roughly at this point that the trailer turns into an extended visual orgy of fireworks and dancing and green lights across the water. There’s something very sensuous about it — overripe, as if all sorts of funny fruits are going to fall into your hands. Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight. So, you know, typical blockbuster fare. Watch the trailer:

Fun fact: The version of “Happy Together” that plays at the end is by Filter, a.k.a., the “Take a Picture” band.

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