Yesterday, news arrived that Martin Scorsese’s latest film The Wolf of Wall Street would be receiving a US release at the end of this year, allowing it to slip in to next year’s Oscars race by the skin of its teeth. And if the latest bonkers trailer is anything to go by, it ought to pose some serious competition.
Based on the life of Jordan Belfort, an American businessman who became incredibly rich by manipulating stock prices and defrauding investors through boiler room tactics, The Wolf of Wall Street is dealing with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the talent involved. Working from a script by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, Scorsese has brought on board a large cast of great actors from Jonah Hill and skinny Matthew McConnaughey to Friday Night Lights‘ Kyle Chandler and Rob Reiner.
The the most interesting thing we’ve gleamed from the trailer is how fun and funny the picture seems: Jonah Hill, if anything, seems to be filling that Joe Pesci-shaped hole in Scorsese’s films.
Di Caprio’s rags-to-riches-to-drug-induced-paranoia arc also recalls Henry Hill in Goodfellas which is no bad thing at all considering how that was Scorsese’s last all-time classic movie.
Every time Scorsese makes a new film, critics and journalists marvel at how the great master has remained on top in a career spanning over 40 years. But realistically, he last time he made an unbelievably amazing film was Casino in the early 90s. As much as people loved his Oscar-winning film The Departed, it was nowhere near as funny, violent, moving and bombastic as his earlier films. The ones with De Niro in them.
The Wolf of Wall Street looks like it could be great. Not just ‘great’ like Gangs of New York but GREAT like Goodfellas. That is the benchmark folks: accept nothing less.
The Wolf of Wall Street floats on the UK market starting 17 January 2014