( 4UMF NEWS ) The Wolf of Wall Street Movie Review:
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are no strangers to working together. In fact, DiCaprio has been in five of the last six Scorsese films. Out of the last four, three of them were nominated for Academy awards. So will lightning strike again with the two teaming up yet again for The Wolf of Wall Street?
The answer is an emphatic yes.
DiCaprio plays stockbroker turned swindler turned hard-partying Quaalude addictJordan Belfort. Based on the his autobiography of the same name, Scorsese and DiCaprio bring Belfort’s wild and crazy, multi-million dollar lavish, over the top lifestyle to the big screen. Written by “The Sopranos” Terrence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street is a three-hour hard-hitting romp filled with drugs, a bevy of whores, stunning models, three thousand dollar suits, multi-million dollar yachts, Lamborghinis, more sex and even more drugs.
In the 90’s Belfort founded Stratton Oakmont brokerage firm and made a fortune and a half shilling penny stocks and defrauding investors with fraudulent stock sales. In its heyday, Stratton Oakmont employed over 1000 stockbrokers and was involved with stock issues totaling more than $1 billion. But all good things must come to an end, especially if that good thing was done illegally. Dubbed the wolf of Wall Streetby a Forbes magazine writer, Belfort soon catches the eye of the SEC and then the FBI and despite his best half-assed efforts to elude the authorities, eventually Belfort was indicted for securities fraud and money laundering. Rolling on his former cohorts and party-goers in exchange for a lighter sentence, he ends up serving 20 months in a federal prison and ordered to pay back an astounding $110 million in restitution. The Wolf of Wall Street centers around Belfort’s quick ascension into the lap of luxury and his impending demise.
If you think you’ve seen the DiCaprio at his best in other films, think again. He fully embodies the silver tongued, dick slinging, money, power and drug obsessed Belfort and joyfully snorts lines of the white lady off of a prostitute’s firm, round behind with the best of them. Along for the ride is his right hand man and former furniture salesman Donnie Azoff, played brilliantly by Jonah Hill. A still slimmed down Matthew McConaughey is on the silver screen but for a brief short of time as Belfort’s mentor Mark Hanna but he leaves a lasting impression on Belfort and shares with him the keys of success to making it in the high-paced world of stockbroking: drugs and whores.
The Wolf of Wall Street is three hours of non-stop drug-snorting, pill-popping, alcohol downing, federal agent dodging, globe trotting party that gives us a glimpse into a world the rest of us could barely fathom in our wildest dreams. Scorsese does a superb job of bringing Winters’ script to life and DiCaprio does an even better job of convincing us that he is indeed the fraudulent and giddy Belfort, especially when he breaks frame to talk one on one to us mere mortals who are fascinated with his life.
Scorsese and DiCaprio go for broke with The Wolf of Wall Street. By far Scorsese’s best film since Goodfellas, both deserve another piece of Oscar gold on their mantle for their efforts with the film.
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