Bumped off its Oscar-worthy December 2012 release date earlier this year, while things appeared rocky for Baz Luhrmann‘s almost ludicrously ambitious 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” a few months ago (“3D? For drama??” the conventional thought went), with award season expectations lowered, a dazzling new trailer for the film has arrived focusing on the bold spectacle the picture is trying to capture, but also some of the adversaries within. And seeing as Ang Lee has pulled off 3D/drama so spectacularly with “Life Of Pi” maybe doubts aren’t so high as they once were.
Or maybe it’s just that the jarring, modern pop song-flecked and almost cartoonish first trailer for “The Great Gatsby” didn’t land well with online writers who were puzzled by its bold and unsubtle approach (has Luhrmann ever reigned it in though? See the modern cover of The Turtles‘ “So Happy Together” towards the end). But now that we’re all getting accustomed to the grandeur that the Australian filmmaker seems to be aiming for we must admit, this new trailer looks pretty impressive (though Leonardo DiCaprio ostensibly recycling the accent from “J. Edgar” admittedly feels a little odd).
“It’s extraordinary. It’s completely different to [‘Zero Dark Thirty‘],” actor Jason Clarke enthused to us in an interview recently. “Baz is a complete filmmaker. It’s in 3D and I have never seen anything like this in 3D. Fuck, you remember the detail in ‘Moulin Rouge!’? ” he inquired, as a reference point. “It’s not just like boom, boom, boom – the lampshades, everything is coming out.”
Here’s the official synopis.
“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
Starring the top shelf cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Amitabh Bachchan, “The Great Gatsby” opens in select theaters on May 10th, which means by the way, it won’t debut at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off May 15th.