The Wolf of Wall Street review

wolf1Finally! I have promised to post this for twice already. And it’s been almost a month since I saw this. Oh, how time flies!

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Written by Terence Winter & Jordan Belfort

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Rob Reiner & Kyle Chandler

I’d like the Academy to give the Oscar for Best Acting to Leo DiCaprio. I thought he was marvellous in this one. Absolutely stunning! I never knew he had that comedic side in him. Especially the one with physical comedy. The car and crawling scene is absolutely hilarious. And please do understand, all of you who took The Wolf of Wall Street as the celebration of drugs, sex and money, that by no means that would be any kind of funny in real life. But in this movie, it was. A blast!

I did like Jonah Hill too but I’m not sure if he deserved an Oscar nod. Surely he does not deserve to win, I think he is a little bit over the top. Then again, that’s a bit stupid comment considering that the whole film is over the top. Matthew MacConaughey was very funny and somewhat scary at the same time in his scene. Well, scenes, but especially in that one particular. All of the other actors and actresses were very good too.

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

I think it’s marvellous that a man in age of 71 is capable of doing this kind of comedy. It’s dark, it’s gritty and it’s unbelievably entertaining. Some people have been complaining about the length of it, I don’t. Three hours have never felt shorter (well, Lord of the Rings but I could live in the Middle Earth, so I don’t really count them). And the soundtrack! Especially good. I hope that my mind is in that kind of place when I’m 71. Scorsese again deserves his praise. And I’m not even his fan, he’s a bit too violent for my taste (outclude Hugo).

When it comes to celebration of rich and famous lifestyle of drugs and bad behaviour, I don’t think this film does that. It does not underline the fact that it kind of despises its subjects but I think it does that. It shows us how ridiculous that kind of living is, whether you see it or not. I think it gives a bow to its main subject, Belfort, because in the end, he The-Wolf-of-Wall-Street-was (think he still is) good at what he did, speaking bullshit, but not the way of life that he lived. Sexism? Sure, but you have to remember that in our “free” Western World that kind of -ism is able to exist only if we allow that to happen. I don’t know about you girls, but if nice looking rich man would pay your living, would you let him do that even if it meant you need to look good and take care of your appearances? Oh, and have frequently sex with him? I just might be able to do that…

Rating: ****½ (out of five)

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19 thoughts on “The Wolf of Wall Street review

      • Yeah for sure. Similar to this is Goodfellas, you’ll probably like this. Or Casino, that is quite similar as well. Obviously he has loads of older classics as well, such as Tax Driver, Raging Bull and King of Comedy.

      • Nope, I wouldn’t recommend the film to anyone. The wolf of wall street is bad. Not because it’s provocative but because it’s disgusting and offensive for no reason. Its misogyny is not an exposure or a critique, it’s a display. The message it pretends to be sending is just an excuse for the provocation that will guarantee some eyeballs, it doesn’t really criticize what it is portraying in any meaningful way nor does it expose how harmful it is to the women surrounding its ahole protagonist, who is the only one that matters and the consequences for him are the only consequences that matter. All that stays with you are the images of women used as objects, like in porn and this guy having a good time until he is not. They simply make sure that the film leaves an impression to boost its oscar chances even if that impression is through meaningless, misogynistic, degrading imagery and language. Bothering to critique or expose the injustice of things must be too much for the dumb audience they assume they have I guess

  1. I’ll disagree with you on two points:

    “all of you who took The Wolf of Wall Street as the celebration of drugs, sex and money, that by no means that would be any kind of funny in real life.” –> In fact I’d agree with you about this if it weren’t for the fact that Jordan Belfort is a real person, and all of what happened in the movie allegedly happened in real life, too.

    ” I don’t know about you girls, but if nice looking rich man would pay your living, would you let him do that even if it meant you need to look good and take care of your appearances? Oh, and have frequently sex with him? I just might be able to do that…” –> Quite contrary to what I believe in! I’m not sure that being “taken care of” is what people should aspire to do with their lives, regardless of whether they’re men or women.

    If you’re looking for a good Scorsese flick that isn’t too violent, I’d recommend The Aviator.

    • I’ve seen The Aviator, I did like it, like I usually like all of works of Leo (didn’t like Gangs of NY though) but Wolf is better. Hugo is still my favourite of Scorsese’s but I’m gonna watch Goodfellas soon, so that might change.

      Yeah, Belfort is real person and at least according to him that has happened but it has not happened to me, that’s what I meant “in real life”. And the following scene is not funny in the film either.

      Of course I’m pursuing for my own career too but after quite many years of small wages I can’t help to think that it would be nice at some point to live without counting the money if I can afford a thing or two. 🙂 Preferably my own but it also could be someone else’s too if he is willing to pay for me too.

  2. My question is — is this movie doing anything new? At this point, “white Wall Street conmen experience meteoric rise and disgraceful plummet, as accompanied by prostitutes and drugs; cause us to question our own social values” isn’t new ground to tread. In a year where we had some pretty cool and unusual things happening in mainstream cinema (an animated “princess” movie where the most important relationship was between two sisters, a space thriller whose face was a middle-aged woman, a high-grossing action movie starring a young woman, a sci-fi blockbuster where 2/3 leads were NOT white men, a female buddy-cop movie), this just seems….tired. And honestly, nothing in this review is making me think the movie is going to ask any questions that haven’t been asked a million times, in similar explorations. Pass, sorry.

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