Trailer Tuesday: The Wolf of Wall Street

Every Tuesday, I will post a trailer I saw in the past week that I felt was worth sharing.

A new trailer for a Martin Scorsese movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio? How could I resist?

By now, it is becoming clear that the partnership between Scorsese and DiCaprio is going down in movie history as one of the most successful. Since Gangs of New York, they put out a string of movies that are, simply put, undeniable. It has been a while since 2010’s Shutter Island, which was a remarkably strong thriller, and Leo did not appear in 2011’s Hugo, but it’s of no surprise to anyone why he was asked to play the lead in The Wolf of Wall Street; since his initial surge in popularity as a teen idol, he’s proved himself to be one of the most charismatic and iconic actors of American cinema today, and his collaboration with Scorsese has everything to do with that.

Neither is Jonah Hill’s appearance a surprise, actually, which could not have been said just a few short years ago, when the actor was making his name in Judd Apatow comedies. In fact, aside from Seth Rogan, one could argue he was the actor that’s gotten the most attention from those films. Hill received a supporting actor nomination for Moneyball in 2011’s Academy Awards, and I see more of the same in his future, as he continues pursuing other dramatic roles. He seems to be wearing some prosthetic teeth in The Wolf of Wall Street, and it looks awkward here, but I think it will work well as a look-defining characteristic in the movie.

Overall, I love the sleaze, the 90s vibe, McConaughey’s appearance in the trailer, the musical choices… It seems to me, Scorsese is doing to Wall Street here what he did to the mob with Goodfellas, by turning the entire thing into something of a dark farce. I can’t imagine the movie not doing well or being good, and I for one am looking forward to seeing it.

The Wolf of Wall Street is currently set to be 165 minutes long, and comes out Christmas Day this year (aww, Martin, you always know just what to get me); though there have been rumors of a delay.

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