No one can make breaking the law look like a total blast quite like Martin Scorsese.
After (rather brilliantly) dabbling in family-friendly entertainment with "Hugo" (2011), the Oscar-winning director is back in the genre he knows and does best: the cautionary crime drama.
But before the caution comes the drug-fueled partying, supermodel-romancing, dwarf-tossing (yes, it's true), and even smoking in the conference room as Leonardo DiCaprio throws another Gatsby-sized party – albeit one a lot more decadent and, uh, illegal – in "The Wolf of Wall Street," the year's first sure thing as far as multiple Oscar nominations go. We get our first glimpse of the action in the teaser trailer shown below.
And the guest of honor? That might be "Magic Mike" scene-stealer Matthew McConaughey, making his Scorsese debut as Mark Hanna, the boss and mentor of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) during the notorious stockbroker's formative years as a Gordon Gekko in training. McConaughey gets not one but two amusingly McConaughey-esque moments, including an impromptu humming session that closes the trailer on a rather oddly zen note.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" is based on the true-life memoirs of Belfort, a hard-partying stock market wizard who in the '90s founded the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont. Stratton Oakmont functioned as a boiler room, which involves salesmen utilizing unfair and usually illegal sales tactics in buying and selling questionable stocks by telephone – and for which Belfort and his cronies soon became the targets of an FBI investigation.
Stratton Oakmont previously served as the inspiration for the 2000 drama "Boiler Room," though Scorsese puts its founder and overlord front and center in "The Wolf of Wall Street." This marks the fifth collaboration between the director and DiCaprio, following "Gangs of New York" (2002), "The Aviator" (2004), "The Departed" (2006), and "Shutter Island" (2010). They both seem more than happy to be working together again after DiCaprio's non-involvement with "Hugo."
The trailer is filled with the kind of high energy, clever camerawork and masterful editing we've come to expect from a Scorsese film, though, rather appropriately, it takes a break from all the frenetic-ness whenever the ever-calm n' cool McConaughey is on screen. Meanwhile, another Scorsese virgin, Jonah Hill, continues to show off his range, even though his portrayal of Belfort's colleague Donnie Azoff comes across as a mix between his "Moneyball" character and, well, Jonah Hill.
Scorsese's knack for outlandish imagery is also on display, including the aforementioned dwarf-tossing (which includes a freeze-frame, a simple yet often misused filmmaking flourish that Scorsese pulls off every time) and scantily-clad women covered head to toe in stacks of cold hard cash.
Anyway, Scorsese and DiCaprio have been apart for over three years, and they look to be throwing quite the welcome-back bash with "The Wolf of Wall Street" -- and, luckily, they invited the Lincoln Lawyer, too. The film opens on November 15.