Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

This movie is based on the story of Jordan Belfort, a native New Yorker and his time in the Lime Light (no not the club)  building the Stratton Oakmont empire.
For the record The Wolf of Wall Street has more F bombs and T&A per minute than any movie I've ever seen in my life...this is definitely a guy flick!
WoWS is no 90 minute flick but for the most part the movie moves along at a good pace and you loose yourself in all the insanity going on from midget tossing to stripper parades, to beer pong not to mention all the drugs and alcohol. Going in I wasn't aware of the run time of WoWS but at the 2 hour 30 min mark and no end in sight I started to do the ol shift from one ass cheek to the other.
I gotta say Leo slammed this performance out of the park, amazing amazing job! He seemed to revel in the role and just seemed to really enjoy himself....or he's just that dam good of an actor.
The only issue I have with DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort was he made the character almost enviable, what guy doesn't want to be like that? The problem is we don't see till the last 45 mins how far gone Jordan is and how his life spiraled out of control and how it destroyed his family and how it hurt so many people....those that loved him as well as those he took advantage of to get to where he was.
WoWS has a huge list of amazing actors and Jonah Hill too.
Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jon Favreau, Jon Bernthal (Shane TWD), and I have to say Margot Robbie's performance was immensely impressive! Margot, a relatively unknown actress from Australia not only held her own with DiCaprio but actually stole some scenes from the A-list actor!

My two favorite scenes in WoWS were the scene in the Diner where DiCaprio asks Bernthal to sell him a pen....best example of supply and demand, contrasted by the end scene where DiCaprio at a sales/marketing  lecture in Australia asks the audience to sell him a pen....it's a perfect example of NY state of mind! It might not be "legal" but it it makes money! Like the song says, "if you can make it here you can make it anywhere"
The second scene I really enjoyed was also towards the end where DiCaprio is getting off the bus at prison and says "For a minute I was scared, but then I remembered I'm rich" and then you see him in "prison" playing tennis while Agent Denham is riding the subway home....again I am conflicted because Leo makes Belfort a character we can sympathize with but the reality is he didn't give a shit about anyone but #1. And the sad fact is Belfort fucked alot of people to get his money...his power and many of us who went to see this movie are the schmucks he talks about in his motivational speeches in the movie.

I really enjoyed the movie regardless if the movie kinda glorifies the greed of Wall Street, it does show the dark side of being rich also. Money may solve alot of problems but it can also bring a whole slew of new problems that may actually be worse.
Wolf of Wall Street is a good movie, a bit long, but is worth seeing.
A-