Old-fashioned 'Australia' gets a new-fashioned trailer

I adore sweeping, historical romantic epics. Out of Africa is my mom’s favorite movie of all time, and for much of my childhood I simply assumed it had to be the be-all-end-all of cinema. So you can imagine my twitterpation for Australia, the sweeping, historical romantic epic from director Baz Luhrmann out this November. But I gotta say, I’m far more of a fan of the film’s first, theatrical trailer than its newest one (embedded below). Gone are the cool period fontage and lush orchestral scoring, in favor of far less quirky type and modern music — complete with an electric guitar and bombastic choir — that would work underneath a trailer for any number of interchangeable big-budget Hollywood schlock-fests. Yeah, we’ve still got those opulent costumes, panoramic shots of vivid countryside and Out of Africa-y moments of budding romance by the campfire. But once those Japanese zeros begin dive-bombing, the film this trailer evokes most for me is 2001’s Pearl Harbor, a film I somehow doubt was Luhrmann’s primary artistic influence when he decided to take on the filmmaking style of traditionalist David Lean. Wah wah.

Then again, Luhrmann has made his career taking things that felt impossibly old — ballroom dance, Shakespeare, movie musicals — and transforming them in films that felt impossibly new, so maybe that’s all that’s going on here, instead of, as I suspect, some marketing suits deciding the film needed to appeal to a younger demo. I certainly still plan to see it, but how ’bout you PopWatchers? Does this new, more up-to-date trailer still get your old-fashioned Hollywood costume epic heart all a pitter-patter?

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  • Anonymous

    I like both trailers, but the first one was more interesting. I plan on seeing this movie. I’m curious to see how this turns out.

  • film4future

    I agree that the first trailer was better. More sweeping and mysterious. I bet that’s Explosions in the Sky music for the first part? Sounds like them. Regardless, I am DEFINITELY seeing this film. Luhrmann has never let me down.

  • Janice

    Hugh Jackman….. *swoons*

  • Lizzy

    I don’t care what trailer they put out. All I need to know is the name Baz Luhrmann, and I am there.

  • Kate

    I like the newer trailer more. I feel like it makes it seem more grand. The first trailer didn’t make the movie seem that big, I didn’t think. When i saw this trailer, I stopped everything I was doing and just watched it.

  • TMB

    Wow, I liked the trailer, and trust Luhrman enough, esp. when he’s working with Kidman.

  • fancypants

    i prefer the old trailer but i still really want to see this film. i have never liked any baz lurhman film i’ve ever seen, so i’m glad he’s channeling david lean (the mastermind behind ‘lawrence of arabia’ and ‘bridge on the river kwai’).

  • LisaMama

    I could care less about the music — I can’t wait to see this film!

  • Cara

    “Their love defied destiny”?

  • gabrielle

    I will still see this movie because of the first preview which doesn’t reveal too much. I regretted watching the second because it gave away too many lines, too much of the dynamic between Nicole and Hugh that I was looking forward to discovering in the actual film.

  • Catherine

    It does look a little like Pearl Harbor..with good actors and an excellent director!! I am a huge Baz Lhurman fan since Strickly Ballroom and believe this is going to be good!!

  • T-Rex

    I’m way more on board after watching this trailer. I suspect that what Bazy’s done here is make an historical epic romance and now he’s got to sell all of us on seeing it. Much like you might not have seen Romeo + Juliet if you’d have known all the dialogue was Shakespeare and you might not have seen Moulin Rouge if you’d have known it would be all singing.

  • Laurai

    well…i got goosebumps. and now i realy want to see this film.

  • Nix

    oh god i am so there i can’t even tell you. Looks like what “Pearl Harbor” should have been if whatshisface were a competent director of actors rather than a mere genius at explosive spectacle. If there’s one director who I would trust with archetypes (read: possible stereotypes) (prissy English transplant with hidden moxie, sexy desperado with tragic past, symbolic minority child) it’s Luhrmann.

  • david

    does anyone know the name of the song in this version?

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