Martin Scorsese’s next movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, a very successful stockbroker in the 1990s. Yes, the entire trailer (expertly cut to the catchiest song on “Yeezus” [By far? By far]) basically screams “Goodfellas, But On Wall Street,” which is obviously a good thing because this looks pretty damn great? This looks pretty damn great.
UPDATE II: And it’s back!
UPDATE: Well, it looks like the leaked trailer was yanked and so we will have to wait for the official one. I’ll re-post it below once it’s available. In the meantime, enjoy my thoughts on a trailer you can’t watch.
Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” has a trailer and I am not even going to bother finishing this introductory sentence, because: TRAILER.
Well, this is going to be all kinds of exploitative, isn’t it? But we already knew that. The plot, if you are as of yet unaware, revolves around Django (Jamie Foxx), who teams up with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) and winds up fighting a monstrous plantation owner named Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). And it’s Quentin Tarantino, so there will be all sorts of gratuitous violence and unnecessarily long stretches of dialogue and a few standoffs.
I have a renewed interest in Tarantino following “Inglourious Basterds,” so I’m very curious to see what he has in store with this movie. The DiCaprio elements are particularly interesting to me. Unlike Will Smith, a fellow movie star who declined to make this film (he was the first choice for Django), DiCaprio is continuing to show a surprising fearlessness in his choice of material and roles. This looks like a departure from his characters of late (haunted, grim men), and I’m very curious to see how he and Foxx thrive in Tarantino’s weird, weird world.
“Django Unchained” drops on Dec. 25.
The first trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” is here, and it looks exactly like you would expect Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” to look. I mean, if someone told you that Luhrmann was making a 3-D version of “The Great Gatsby” costing at least $125 million dollars (!), isn’t this precisely what you would have imagined?
I will say this for Luhrmann: He makes films that look unlike anything else being made today. His movies have an incredibly vivid visual stamp, almost like a Luhrmann filter added to every shot. His movies aren’t always good, of course, but they are wondrously sculpted visual affairs.
The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio (reuniting with Luhrmann a full 16 years after their “Romeo + Juliet” came out, just in case you want to feel old) as Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. It drops on Christmas, the same day “Django Unchained” (a Quentin Tarantino movie starring DiCaprio as a vicious slave owner) comes out.