I feel like Baz Luhrman has the potential to be an amazing film maker. He has a strong and distinct artistic and aesthetic voice, he can get Oscar calibre performances out of the actors cast in his his films and his films are often entertaining (except for Australia, which was boring).
Luckily The Great Gatsby is one of the entertaining ones, but as with his Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge I came away thinking “that was pretty fun!” But feeling like something was missing.
I really like the shift in this one. All the other trailers have been about the partying and the excess and this one is about the character relationships and the passions therein. Baz Luhrman certainly has a visual flare, I’m hoping that it’s not quite over the top. I’d hate so see this movie end up hampered by cheesiness, but I think it might work really well if it’s just cheezy enough.
I’m also really digging the Back in Black cover by Beyonce.
This one comes out next month right in between Iron Man and Star Trek. May is going to be a good month.