Published on February 4, 2014 | by Julie Atto2
Film review: The Wolf of Wall Street
★★★★Leonardo DiCaprio joins forces with director Martin Scorsese for a fifth time in this five-time Academy award–nominated hedonistic dark comedy set in ’80s New York.
Based on the memoirs of crooked stockbroker Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), the film follows Belfort as he quickly makes a name for himself on Wall Street alongside his friend Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) and a group of equally money hungry and morally depraved salesmen.
Most of us already know the story and its ending, so why spend your time and £10+ on a film with the all too familiar ‘rise and fall’ concept?
The ride, of course.
And what a ride it is. Scorsese uses his signature fast paced, in-your-face style of direction to shove us into a debauched world of white–collar crime, cocaine, hookers and gambling.
Brilliant and twisted
There’s quality all around with Scorsese directing, DiCaprio starring and Terence Winter penning the Oscar nominated screenplay. The name might not ring a bell, but the equally brilliant and twisted dialogue between Belfort and his merry band of coked–up degenerates is thanks to Winter, the man behind the critically acclaimed HBO series Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos.
There are scenes in the film that serve ice-cold humour of the foulest nature that as a decent human being you almost feel bad for laughing. Almost. But it’s such a pleasure watching actors of DiCaprio and Hill’s stature deliver such fearless and comedic performances, which has rightfully granted them an Oscar nod each, that you can’t help but join in, albeit from afar.
With movie tickets being at their most expensive, The Wolf of Wall Street’s epic three-hour long run definitely makes you feel like you get your money’s worth. However, that is also the movie’s downside as it sometimes feels like it gets too caught up in its own craziness and forgets to stick to the point and tell the tale.
However, what the film lacks in consistency, it more than makes up for in sheer entertainment of the most extreme and thrilling kind.
The Wolf of Wall Street is in cinemas now.