WATCH: The hyperactive new trailer for The Great Gatsby

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Baz Luhrman's glittery take on the Great American Novel is slated to hit theaters in May 2013

The trailer: Director Baz Luhrmann's visually stunning adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby was originally slated for a Christmas Day release, and, although the film has been bumped to May 2013, Warner Bros. has delivered a new trailer as a form of season's greetings. (Watch the new trailer for The Great Gatsby below.) The clip does a decent job of outlining Gatsby's themes for anyone who never took a 10th grade English class. "Can't repeat the past? Why, of course you can," says Leonardo DiCaprio's Gatsby, one of several iconic lines from the novel that the trailer features. Does this new trailer do justice to the Great American Novel?

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The reaction: If the first trailer for The Great Gatsby was "all about selling the world of 1920s New York upper society," this new one "is more about selling us on the man at the heart of this fantastical world — the titular Jay Gatsby," says Kofi Outlaw at Screen Rant. And despite the hyperactive Hollywood visuals, Fitzgerald devotees should take heart: The "subtext of the characters and [the] story seem to be intact." This may be the craziest filmed take on The Great Gatsby yet, says Christopher Rosen at The Huffington Post, but it's "so insane that it just might work." Indeed, agrees Russ Fischer at Slashfilm: "Luhrman's vision of the Roaring Twenties is glorious and dazzling. Whether that will work for the story remains to be seen."

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