THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Trailer Is Rife With Debauchery

We’re now less than a month away (December 25) from The Wolf of Wall Street, so we thought we’d take a close look at the trailer. Directed by Martin Scorsese, best known for classics like Taxi Driver (1976) and Goodfellas (1990), the movie will be his fifth collaboration with actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Reportedly, the movie just barely managed to get its R rating, with sequences of nudity and sexual content having been cut out. According to Pete Hammond of Deadline, the film is an “almost non-stop parade of sex, drugs, nudity and rock and roll.” Judging by the trailer, it’s been one hell of a ride.

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Belfort in the Background

The Wolf of Wall Street is based upon real events in the life of Jordan Belfort, who wrote a memoir by the same name. Belfort made millions as a stock market manipulator in the 1990s. Using a “boiler room” setup, Belfort and his workers created fake demand for penny stocks, which they unloaded on investors who were none the wiser to their scheme. All in all, over one thousand of his clients lost a collective $200 million.

Belfort used his massive income to fuel a nonstop-partying lifestyle and hard-drug habit. Such a lifestyle simply can’t last forever, and in 1998 the corporate lawyers caught up to him. Having completed a four-year term in federal prison, the real Belfort is currently in the process of repaying his $110.4 million restitution.

Following the Fast-Paced Trailer

From the opening line of the trailer, the fictional Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) explains what he’s all about: “My name is Jordan Belfort. The year I turned 26, I made 49 million dollars, which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week.” After some stark yellow and black text introducing the film, we begin flying through a whirlwind of clips: expensive cars, fancy yachts and raging parties. His boss and mentor, Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey), is shown as loveably insane (“It’s a wahzie, it’s a woozie, pfft fairy dust!”), though he hardly seems out of place against the crazier and crazier situations Belfort seems to find himself in. Among others, these scenarios include throwing money at the backs of retreating FBI agents, containing the excitement of a dressed-up chimpanzee, consuming a live goldfish and inviting a marching band to serenade a wild office party.

As the trailer unfolds, these scenes get more and more fast, furious and utterly ridiculous: a pool party, a tense car chase in a Lamborghini, and a sultry Naomi Lapaglia (Margot Robbie) in a nursery surrounded by baby toys asking breathily, “What’s wrong, daddy?” The background music seems to become a tense heartbeat, and one gets the impression that these events are flying by as quickly for Belfort as they are for us while his life spirals impressively out of his control.

Having been completed just in time to enter the running for the 2014 Oscars, The Wolf of Wall Street is already generating a lot of buzz. According to Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes in The New York Times, the film is “the last, and possibly weirdest, of the Oscar season movies to surface.” If the nearly three-hour film is anything like its trailer, moviegoers are in for a treat – as long as they can stand all the rampant debauchery.

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