The Wolf of Wall Street (Film Review)

Jan 15, 2014
'The Wolf of Wall Street' is one of those movies that despite it's lengthy running time, keeps you entertained all the way through. It's now the longest Scorsese movie to date (beating Casino in over a minute) with 179 minutes all in total. To be honest, it doesn't feel like it. You got fully invested over this roller coaster ride of excess and debaucheries for 3 hours, sounds boring yes, but Scorsese keeps you feeding with really entertaining scenes over and over which should've been my new best film of 2013. Like Goodfellas, our main character is influenced over the wrong path of money and crime.

His name was Jordan Belfort, an aspiring stockbroker who immediately started his own firm Stratton Oakmont, Inc. He became a millionaire and Wall Street's "Wolf" by selling Penny Stocks and owning shares of Steve Madden shoes. Through then, we follow him in a series of crazy antics through his rise and fame: Hosting a bachelor party with his merry troop of brokers at a plane flying to Las Vegas with a bunch of hookers, to finding the after effect of a drug. And it's all downhill from there, with the FBI secretly sneaking through his wrongdoings of fraud and money laundering to name a few.

It's Leonardo DiCaprio like you've never seen him before. And my favorite performance of yesteryear since Chiwetel Ejiofor's in '12 Years A Slave'. He is completely transformed as this hard-partying, drug addict Jordan Belfort throughout the movie, one that is the highest praise I can give over an actor's performance to a movie is by seeing him as the character and not as the actor themselves. You felt his energy and boost over during the time when he has a mic and an audience upfront. The speeches at the firm, man, some of the best moments is just so damn entertaining and the way he uttered those words is amazing. Please Oscars, don't screw him like last year.

Jonah Hill also stars as Belfort's right-hand man Donnie Azoff. Gotta love Jonah Hill in this movie. And he gave a really surprising performance in here. One scene really stood out, with Donnie angrily talking to one of the brokers and after a while, eat his goldfish alive. It definitely had a big laugh at the theater, and Jonah couldn't be more perfect for this role. Matthew McConaughey is also in this movie, in a disappointing screentime. He played Jordan Belfort's earlier mentors, and everytime he appeared on screen, he was electrifying. Rob Reiner, yep, Rob Reiner was also in this movie alongside fellow directors Spike Jonze and Jon Favreau, did a superb job as well. To make this short, everyone in the cast, most notably Margot Robbie was ahead of their game.

My only problem with the movie is the excessive nudity and over-the-top sex scenes. Was the level of sexual content in this can be as disturbing as 'A Clockwork Orange'? I think so, but the way Scorsese exploited it is somewhat and regrettably funny. Most of it was used for comedic purposes (like the gay orgy scene and Las Vegas plane sequence), but it was shocking the same way Scorsese used violence on Casino and Goodfellas. Either way, it's still nice to see Scorsese return to a more mature genre after 'Hugo'.

The realm of corporate crime can be hardly made into a entertaining movie, especially if it's nearly 3 hours. But the way the movie sets this theme and the way Scorsese constructed it was amazing. 'The Wolf of Wall Street' is a classic on the making. I had to consider it as one of my all-time favorite films. Some scenes can be shocking, but it's a representation on our current economy. Bizarre, disturbing and overlong, this is filmmaking and Leonardo DiCaprio at best.

The geek rates it 10/10.

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