Director Baz Luhrmann could not be more in love with star-crossed romances. His filmography is a paean to the form—as is the trailer for his latest "The Great Gatsby," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton.
While the first trailer—released nearly a year ago—made the era's Art Deco decadence (not to mention the intrigue of who exactly Jay Gatsby is) the main focus, this latest is more a meditation on the lost love between Jay and Daisy Buchanan. In many ways, it actually calls to mind Baz's earlier epic, "Romeo + Juliet," and it's not just the fact that both star the towheaded heartthrob (though that certainly doesn't hurt).
Baz's films are always a visual feast, but one moment in particular stood out for me: A flashback in which a uniformed Gatsby gazes at Daisy through a window. We've seen a move like this from Leo before—when Romeo stared at Juliet through an aquarium at the masquerade. The moment felt so similar, in fact, that I took a screengrab for comparison's sake:
And can we talk about the soundtrack? As the trailer mellowed into its middle section, with Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" lilting, it seemed the beehived spirit animal of Des'ree's "Kissing You" (a song that, nearly 17 years later, still makes me want to weep).
Throw in guys with guns sneering about killing DiCaprio and, well, you've got a "Romeo + Juliet" for the
Modern Jazz Age.
"The Great Gatsby" hits theaters May 10.