It's hard not to immediately think of Goodfellas while watching the deliciously hip and happening first trailer for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. It begins with a fast-talkin' voiceover from Leonardo DiCaprio, who at one point also breaks the fourth wall and addresses the camera -- signaling Scorsese is returning to one of his most familiar storytelling devices. The film, like Goodfellas, is also based on a real-life story -- the '90s-set rise and fall of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort -- and, like Goodfellas, The Wolf of Wall Street appears to have a trio of male actors taking the lead with DiCaprio, Jonah Hill (playing comic relief, much in the same way Joe Pesci did in Goodfellas) and Matthew McConaughey, who, like Robert De Niro, seems to be in the role of mentor.
Like Goodfellas, there's also a lot of money being thrown around. There are parties, and then more parties. There are women, and then more women. There are women at parties with money strapped to their naked bodies. If Goodfellas showed the respectable way mobsters celebrated their good fortune in the '60s and '70s, then The Wolf of Wall Street looks to show the ass-backwards stupidity of those young and powerful in the '90s. They're flashy, obnoxious and disrespectful, but man does this look fun to watch.
The Wolf of Wall Street hits theaters on November 15, and that day couldn't come soon enough. If the film is anything like this trailer (my personal favorite of the year so far), then we may be in store for Martin Scorsese's most memorable movie since Goodfellas.
Or at least the one that spawns the most dorm-room movie posters after the fact.
Note: And in case you don't know the song used in the trailer, it's ‘Black Skinhead‘ from Kanye West.