Martin Scorsese’s latest film The Wolf of Wall Street, takes on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a young stockbrokers rise and fall from power and wealth. The story has been called crude, over the top, and vulgar. It hits all those marks and then some but only in a good and funny way. Yes it was little extreme and could have been cut down from the 3 hours but I was interested from beginning to end and didn’t notice the length until it was over. All signs of a great movie, which The Wolf of Wall Street was.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort and gives another great performance in what we have come to expect from this great actor. Jordan Belfort, is a drug and sex addicted stockbroker who is solely focused on wealth and power. He partners up with Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) to start a brokerage firm called Stratton Oakmont. With the help of some criminal activity, the firm quickly grows into a successful money making criminal empire. The spending is endless, the parties are crazy, the houses and cars are expensive, and the yacht is huge.
Great performances all around but if you can’t laugh at crude and despicable behavior, this movie might not be for you. Jordan and his stockbroker buddies are not good people but make for interesting character studies. Again, could have been cut down a little but the length wasn’t a deal breaker at all. Go see it.
Rating – A