(NOTE: My freelance Movie Analyst gig used to involve watching DVDs, but lately my assignments have all been new releases in theaters. This means I tend to see the same trailers over and over… week after week, sometimes month after month. Even the most exciting preview starts to seem like a very long two minutes after you’ve seen it a dozen times. And a bad preview seen week after week starts to feel like cruel and unusual punishment. Hence my somewhat obsessive relationship with certain trailers.)
The preview for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is a vision… a vision of cinematic hell! Director-impresario Luhrmann is a guy who likes to pile on the razzle-dazzle with his imagery, and adapting Fitzgerald to the screen has apparently allowed him to go hog wild in creating a highly stylized, fanciful 1920s.
The result looks oppressive to me — fussy, heavy-handed production design filling every corner of the screen, without any of the wit or taste that would lift the visuals to the level of actual style. It’s no wonder Leonardo Dicaprio looks like he’s having a lot more fun in the trailer for Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s latest.
You can watch the trailer here: