So, I’m going to go right in and say it. The Wolf of Wall Street is honestly one of the best films I have ever, I repeat EVER seen.
After hearing such incredible comments about the film I was worried my expectations would be too high, and that the film would end up disappointing- but I could not have been more wrong! The film was exceptional.
Based on the true story, and book by Jordan Belfort, stockbroker and founder of Stratton Oakmont. The film follows the spiralling narrative of a man who got greedy. His humble home life soon hurricanes out of control when he finds out just how much money he can make from stockbroking. The ‘get rich quick scheme’, he discovers, works more in favour for the broker than the clients, and it seems that no one is quite as good at it as Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). This, in turn, leads to a man who has more money than he knows what to do with, and a life of sex, drugs and alcohol becomes the norm. He has a string of flings with hookers, takes drugs all day everyday, and his marriage to his hairdresser wife breaks down when he meets Naomi (Margot Robbie)- a sexy, wild, yet grounded young lady.
I would have to say that this is some of Scorsese’s best work. The direction is spectacular- with a stellar cast and camera work which makes you feel high and low with the characters. What is particularly amazing about the film is the journey you go on with Belfort; when he’s in his early success and party days, you can really feel the highs and when he reaches rock bottom you feel a sense of despair and tragedy. The film will make you want to laugh out loud, and also sink into your seat with concern.
Credit has to be given to Leonardo DiCaprio for his truly outstanding performance. It is some of the best acting I have ever seen. He plays the drug and sex addict, family man, greedy man, business man, friend, enemy and every other facet of Belfort to admirable standards. I’m going to go ahead and say it, despite being up against other deserving actors in this years Oscars I, personally, would be very disappointed if DiCaprio does not win this year.
Jonah Hill is also exceptional as DiCaprio’s right hand man, and foe? and Margot Robbie encompasses all that women desire to be; beautiful, sexy, wild, fun, fiery, sassy, caring and has her head and heart in the right place.
I could go on and on forever as to how much I enjoyed this film, it was a remarkable work of art. I first wanted American Hustle to be the big winner at the Oscars this year, but now I want The Wolf of Wall Street to take the crown.