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.
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 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)