The Wolf of Wall Street – Official Trailer

Just released today, here is the trailer for Martin Scorsese’s new film The Wolf of Wall Street, due out later this year. Colour me very excited:

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, a New York stockbroker who refuses to cooperate in a securities fraud case that involves Wall Street, corporate banks and the mob. Based on the memoirs of the real Jordan Belfort, the screenplay has been written and adapted for the big screen by the amazing Terence Winter. Going from Winter’s previous writing credits for TV shows The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, you already know that this is going to be sharp, gripping and heavily satirical (which is very obvious from the hilarious trailer). With this level of intricate, sophisticated writing as well as Martin Scorsese’s usual lively, beautiful direction, you know this is going to be amazing to see when it is finally released.

As well as this brilliant combination of fantastic director and writer, the huge ensemble cast is something to get excited about too. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio it is obvious he is going to be the star of the show with what will undoubtably be another superb and intense performance. But there are also some other big names in this who it will be interesting to see play alongside him: Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Spike Jonze, Shea Whigham, Jean Dujardin, Joanna Lumley, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Jon Favreau, Jon Bernthal…I could go on.

However from watching the above trailer it would seem that there are also a couple of things on display that we don’t normally see in a Scorsese film. The first is that it contains a lot more comedy than you would usually see in one of his works. Sure, there has always been the odd funny line or comment from a character in some of his stuff, or even the more recent child-friendly Hugo, but with The Wolf of Wall Street it seems that these larger-than-life money-grabbing characters are a lot more hilarious and OTT than usual. The trailer also makes the film seem a lot less dark than we are used to seeing from the director (again with the exception of Hugo), but I’m sure it won’t be completely void of nasty moments, especially if the film is about money… These potential differences are in no way bad though. I for one am very interested to see if Scorsese has indeed taken a different direction, and I am therefore eager to see just how he weaves his usual magic into new territory.

And one final thought – this is absolutely, DEFINITELY going to win big come next awards season. Whether that be the very overdue Best Actor Oscar for Leonardo DiCaprio or to add another Best Director Oscar to the one Martin Scorsese previously won for The Departed…I’m not sure. Anyway if it does or doesn’t win, The Wolf of Wall Street is still surely going to be one hell of a watch. Here’s hoping it will be up there with some of Scorsese’s best work, which will indeed be a tremendous achievement.

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~ by square-eyed-geek on June 17, 2013.

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