Jordan Belfort: My name is Jordan Belfort. The year I turned 26, I made 49 million dollars which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week.
There is always a unique perspective and a brand that comes a long with a Martin Scorsese picture. One that takes us on an adventure. It allows us to completely forget about time and the things going on around us. He creates a vivid world to display on the screen, one full of grand characters and larger than life scenarios. There is never a dull moment in a Martin Scorsese picture, and The Wolf of Wall Street may just be the most engaging to date.
Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stock broker who uses his profession to create a get rich quick scheme for himself and his friends. As Jordan begins to live the high life, he becomes entangled in a web of corruption, drugs and lies which ultimately lead to his downfall.
Grand on every level. Vivacious women, extensive party scenes and uproarious humour that will have you almost in tears. The Wolf of Wall Street is as perfect a film as you can possibly have. The outlandish antics of Jordan Belfort and his crew are loud, obnoxious and in your own face which is exactly the way you want it because of how damn rewarding it is to watch on the big screen.
Scorsese has a plethora of talent on display in this film, collaborating for the fifth time with the sensational Leonardo DiCaprio in what could their most dynamic yet. DiCaprio proves he has versatility in this film, shedding his trademark dramatic display and proving he his timely comedic chops and impeccable taste in scripts. Jonah Hill provides a complimentary supporting performance that brings the antics and debauchery in this film to a whole new level. However, the spark of this film comes from DiCaprio's energy and chemistry with leading lady Margot Robbie. Her prominent accent adding a layer to her fine performance, while allowing any judgement of her simply being a sex symbol to be thrown out the window. She is absolutely gorgeous don't get me wrong, but the 23 year old is set to become a power house in the industry after keeping up with the likes of DiCaprio, Hill, McConaughey and others. Their is a spark of pure excitement when she shares the screen with DiCaprio, her fiestiness apparent in each line she delivers. She allows DiCaprio to display some of his most nuanced work in years, which is huge for his chances of finally scoring that coveted Academy Award.
Under Scorsese's direction these two are able to flourish and allow for this film to fly by with ease. It's a journey through the trials and tribulations of Jordan Belfort's desires to be rich and conquer the corporate world. When greed gets the better of him, we see Jordan buying extravagantly and losing focus on the real world. He becomes a caricature of his own being when he begins to pop pills left and right in order to maintain his party lifestyle. He just wants more and more, and will buy and sell anything to anyone in order to get it.
It really is the complete film package. Full of themes including friendship, love, lust, corruption and betrayal the Wolf of Wall Street serves to be not only one of the funniest films of 2013 but one of the most dynamic. Scorsese re-creates the lavish world in which Belfort created for himself with stunning precision and care. Of course much of it was exaggerated for film purposes, but it allows for a sleek, stylish and promiscuous R-Rated romp. Easily the best character driven film of 2013, Scorsese has created another generational masterpiece, one that fully captures a part of American society. A film that is fast paced so that you never really feel the three hour run time, it leaves you entertained and surprised that a film can actually be this good and this bold in it's sexual nature and story telling methods. It's a grand film on many levels, but the idea remains a very small one that grows because of the way in which Scorsese and his actors bring life to their characters.
Definitely one of the must see films from 2013, for fans of the DiCaprio/Scorsese collaborations of the past, you will most definitely enjoy this one. It is a refreshing spin on their body of work together and it offers a chance to see DiCaprio showcase his fine acting in a more multifaceted and demanding role. Everything about this film is purely delightful, from Scorsese's masterful direction and the raw and crude wit of Terrence Winter's script, The Wolf of Wall Street is more then just a film, it is a three hour journey into the heart and soul of the American dream.