Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

6 Jan

Movie Rating

Three words: gripping, comical,  provocative.

The Wolf of Wall Street tells the story of New York stock broker, Jordan Belfort, whose middle-class childhood pushed him to build a corrupted brokerage firm, Stratton Oakmont in the late 80s. Young Belfort’s carelessness for U.S. laws and societal acceptance lead to a life of recklessness including drugs, sex and corporate greed. 

Leonardo DiCaprio is brilliant as a money hungry Wall Street mogul. The seasoned actor manages to turn a rich asshole, drug junkie and serial adulterer into a character who I hate to love; I was addicted.

Belfort’s trashy posse of former-everyday-Americans-turned-millionaires joined him in the circus that was their life at the top. A surprising performance by Jonah Hill as Belfort’s right hand man, Donnie Azoff, added comical value to the film and really sealed the deal.

Many critics say the film was repetitive. “Sex and drugs. Sex and drugs,” said one critic from Cleveland. Perhaps it was. However, I choose to take the perspective that The Wolf of Wall Street was an accurate depiction of Belfort’s story and despite the critics, it was highly-watchable and worth the money.

What I liked: Leonardo DiCaprio gave an excellent, excellent performance!

What wasn’t my favorite: Borderline pornographic

Noteworthy scene: Belfort and Azoff get doped up on “ludes” and lose all motor skills

Interesting fact: The film now holds the record for most f-bombs dropped in one movie

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