The Wolf Of Wall Street Review
It's often been said that the most fascinating stories are the ones that are true, and that's exactly what the makers of The Wolf Of Wall Street must have thought when they came to adapt the story of infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort. Based on Belfort's own 2008 autobiography, Martin Scorsese's latest film has already severely divided critics and public alike due to its controversial content, with audiences even booing and walking out of an Academy screening.
The Wolf Of Wall Street sees Leonardo DiCaprio take on the role of Belfort who qualifies as a stockbroker just in time for Wall Street's Black Monday in 1987. With the company he worked for gone and no way to pay his bills, Belfort is left desperately searching for a job, which is when his story really begins. After discovering he can make himself rich as long as he doesn't mind giving his clients bad advice, Belfort sets up his own company and before long he and his closest employees have everything they've ever dreamed of.
Sex, drugs and wild parties are the major theme of this film, and one of the reasons it's been criticised, but whether you think it glamorises or condemns the indulgent lifestyle Belfort and his co-criminals enjoyed, this is one film worth going to the cinema for.
Leonardo DiCaprio is mesmerising as Jordan Belfort and succeeds in showing audiences both the good and bad in this compelling character. Belfort is the bad guy you’ll love, not just love to hate, and although money is definitely the driving factor in his life, he’s certainly not one-dimensionally evil. Playing his wife is the virtually unknown Margot Robbie who does the part of gold-digging Naomi justice, but fails to stand out in this supporting role, with the only mentionable fact being that she hasn’t shied away from the full frontal nudity in the film.
On the other hand Jonah Hill shines as Belfort’s second-in-command Donnie Azoff, showing how far he’s come since Superbad and definitely deserving the Supporting Actor Oscar nod he’s received. Matthew McConaughey’s part may be brief but there’s a reason it keeps being mentioned. His portrayal of Belfort’s mentor Mark Hanna is both crazy and hypnotising, and it’s easy to see why Scorsese gave him free reign with the scene.
Given the subject material you’d be right in thinking The Wolf Of Wall Street is packed full of drama but that doesn’t mean it’s not funny as well. In fact, you’ll be in hysterics for most of the film, whether it’s watching them discuss throwing dwarfs in the boardroom, or attempting to smuggle money into Zurich by taping it to a woman. At 180 minutes The Wolf Of Wall Street certainly isn’t a short film but you’ll find it hard to notice in between all the parties, fights, sex and drugs.
Gratuitous, genius, disgusting…. The Wolf Of Wall Street has been called many things, but it’s obvious that no matter what people are saying, they’re definitely talking about it and you will too. With Leonardo DiCaprio already bagging a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for his role as Jordan Belfort, everyone's asking, could this finally be his year?