Posted on Sunday, June 16th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
Damn, this trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s new film The Wolf of Wall Street is a great piece of work. Might be one of the year’s best trailers by the time 2013 is all said and done.
This edit struts along to the tune of ‘Black Skinhead‘ from Kanye West and flashes all the symbols of excess you’d expect from a movie about a stock trader who made nearly a million dollars a week when he was only 26. There are cars, boats, women, drugs, parties, guns, cash… and Matthew McConaughey just stealing the end of the trailer right out from under Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s a bit like watching Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby by way of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street.
That said, DiCaprio is definitely the star here playing Jordan Belfort, whose meteoric rise and dizzying fall inspired the film. It’s weird to be at a point where it’s a minor stretch to see Leonardo DiCaprio play a 26-year old (he’s 38) but if the movie has this sort of energy it’ll probably work out just fine. This is his fifth film with Scorsese, and we’ll be watching closely to see how their partnership has evolved.
Check out the trailer below.
The Wolf of Wall Street opens on November 15. Apple has the trailer.
(The song, incidentally, is from ‘Yeezus,’ which hits this week — a nice bit of cross-promo there for the album that famously has no single or video promotion. Kanye played the song on SNL in front of a backdrop that flashed ‘Not For Sale,’ and I’ll let you come to your own conclusions about the irony or intention there. But think about this: with this trailer, Kanye has a de facto video for ‘Black Skinhead,’ and one he got paid for, instead of having to buy.)