CATEGORIES Movie News3D has mostly been reserved for high-end drive-in stuff, fantastical journeys to Middle Earth or Pandora, or animated trifles. But this summer, "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann wants to use the format for purely dramatic purposes with his glitzy new take on "The Great Gatsby," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. And if the absolutely breathtaking new trailer is any indication, he's succeeded.
The new clip starts out with Joel Edgerton's Tom Buchanan asking, "Mr. Gatsby, who are you anyhow?" as the crazy, synthed-out cover version of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black," this time by Beyonce and Andre 3000, bops on the soundtrack. The next two minutes-plus are pure Baz, taken to ridiculous heights -- giant mansions, hazy wartime flashbacks, and fireworks that glitter in the sky like tossed diamonds. The director's decision to shoot the film in Australia and augment everything with elaborate visual effects seems to have paid off -- we're not sure that we've ever seen anything like this before, especially when applied to a relatively straight drama.
When Mulligan's Daisy asks DiCaprio's Gatsby, "Is all of this made up entirely from your imagination?" you kind of get the sensation that the question could be directed at Luhrmann. (The answer is yes.) The trailer is absolutely stunning and sounds incredible, too, with shards of new songs by Lana Del Rey and Florence and the Machine. This thing is going to be a feast for the senses, and you'll be able to see it for yourself on May 10th.
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