The Wolf of Wall Street – Review

Genre Biographical, Comedy
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin
Released on December 17, 2013 (Ziegfeld Theatre), December 25, 2013 (United States)
Duration 180 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating   9/10
Channel Netflix

If I could think of one word that would describe The Wolf of Wall Street in all its crazy glory, it’d be ‘orchestra’. The film is like an orchestra, finely tuned in all its intricacies but still leaving room for improvisation. The bursts of energy make it awe-inspiring and a masterpiece.

Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, the film brings to the screen the true-life story of one, Jordan Belfort, basing it on his autobiography. It depicts his rise and fall with flourish leaving us stunned to the existence of people like him.

The character is played by the immensely talented Leonardo Dicaprio.  Since Titanic, his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street is formidable and spectacular.

Jordan is a stockbroker who struck gold moving his client’s money into his own pocket. At the core of it all, he’s a con-man. The movie starts off with him as a young man in a successful marriage who starts working on wall street. As he picks up his trade, we watch him become a sales savant. He’s energetic and unrivaled in the art of pitching ideas and coming up with creative ways of committing crimes. What sets him a class apart from the average villain or criminal is the fact that he knows what he’s doing is wrong, and in fact, he revels in it.

Belfort leaves his decent yet classy wife, who doesn’t support his mind-boggling schemes, for a sexier blonde version, Naomi LaPaglia (Margot Robbie). Their chemistry is off the charts and she delivers one of the best performances as a supporting character that I’ve ever seen.

Always chasing a higher high, looking for the next best ecstasy he lives his life in unimaginable grandeur. From driving to and from meetings in a helicopter, having insane amounts of wild sex with any woman who crosses his path. He gets the adrenaline rush from money laundering and doing things he knows is bad.

Martin Scorsese is a genius. When Belfort narrates the events of his life as it’s happening, he’s talking to us, the audience. This feels like the movie’s keeping us in the loop and Dicaprio’s somewhat manic yet charming narration while he’s screwing over someone is mad. The entire film is electrifying, it’s intriguing how we can watch animal-like behavior for three hours and enjoy it. We’re always in the thick of things. Everything is thrown at you and it blindsides you every single time. You will never be bored.

The movie is repugnant, yet you’re fascinated. You will continue watching it. Rumors are the movie was cut down from a four-hour to a three-hour movie. To be honest we would have watched it even if it was four hours long. Its crazy shenanigans would have kept audiences all over the planet entertained. The Wolf of Wall Street is as brilliant as it is appalling. It releases furious amounts of energy when you least expect it and keeps you at the edge of your seat. You are disgusted, yet you stay.

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