It seems like new trailers are coming out every minute of every day. So, for a new feature for this blog, I’m going to choose a standout trailer as the Trailer of the Hour. This will only belong to trailers that have wowed me or piqued my interest, or at least seem like a movie on which I’ll spend 10 bucks, and perhaps 8 more bucks on popcorn and soda.
Why I’m pumped: The first trailer was a brilliant marriage of music and actors emoting both subtly and melodramatically. But that trailer had me excited merely because of the visceral effect of the combination of images and songs, something at which Baz Luhrmann is a proven master what with his great Moulin Rouge! from 2001. This new trailer, however, has provided a thematic foundation for the effective imagery. We have a clearer view of the plot and a greater understanding of the characters, especially Daisy and Gatsby. And what a perfect final line for the trailer. I have high hopes.
Why I’m worried: Of course, I had high hopes for Luhrmann’s last movie too, but instead I got Australia. That had a great trailer too, but what was supposed to be an epic on the level of Gone with the Wind of the outback turned out to be more like one of the new Star Wars iterations- without the action or sci-fi, but with the bad dialogue, boring plot, and wooden performances. I would hate for such a great book to be adapted into the next Attack of the Clones.
A winning streak: I don’t know if anyone has ever been in this many great movies in a row. Since Martin Scorsese got a hold of him in 2002, here are the movies Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in: Gangs of New York, Catch Me If You Can, The Aviator, The Departed, Blood Diamond, Body of Lies, Revolutionary Road, Shutter Island, Inception, (skipping over J. Edgar…), and Django Unchained. I haven’t seen the last one, but there’s not a bad movie in that group, and there are at least 4 great ones. Maybe Robert De Niro in the ‘70s? Regardless, DiCaprio is the greatest actor of his generation, which is saying a lot for a guy who started out in Titanic. Here’s to hoping The Great Gatsby continues his streak.