The Wolf of Wall Street
In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a merry band of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess.
Release Date: December 25, 2013
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Once again, Leo DiCaprio offers up a stunning performance as he shows he will go anywhere Marty wants to take him. The two together are fearless. ...attend if you dare (keeping in mind the ample warnings) and you will find many nuggets of great cinema scattered amidst a whole lot of mayhem... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Tough one to review. I disagree with a lot of the comments saying "Wolf of Wall Street" is basically just a porno or that it has no redeeming qualities. That's definitely not true. It features amazing performances from its entire cast, including DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, and even the smaller supporting roles by actors like Kyle Chandler and, of course, Matthew McConaughey (in yet another bizarre, out-there demonstration of his newfound range as an actor). The directing is also top-notch. You'd never guess Scorsese is in his 70s. This feels like it was made by a young director at the top of his game. Great cinematography, too. But in good conscience, I still can't say this is worth your time for a lot of reasons. For one thing, the content is really strong. It's a serious shortcoming of the MPAA that this (with its 500-plus F-bombs, boatloads of illicit drugs, and graphic sexual content) has the same rating as "The King's Speech." This is not your typical R-rated movie, and even people more or less desensitized to profanity and whatnot might be shocked by just how bad this is. (I think the only reason I was able to sit through it is because I'd been marathoning "Deadwood" the week before.) On top of that, it's tough to disagree with all the naysayers claiming that this movie glorifies Jordan Belfort's decadent lifestyle. You see the partying, you see the wild, wacky adventures, but very little in the way of consequences is ever shown onscreen. Even if that may be accurate in some sense -- Belfort did seem to get off pretty easy; just 22 months in prison and now he's living a "modest" life in a gorgeous home in Hermosa Beach, CA -- it feels irresponsible, to put it mildly. Overall, despite all the great filmmaking on display here, it's just not something I would ever recommend to almost anybody.
I'm not even sure why this movie has such critical acclaim. Frankly it says a lot for the depravity off the film world and film viewers. This isn't even a great performance for Leo Dicaprio. Id rather see Gilbert Grape than slog through three hours of this crap. What you basically have is a guy who is married to a beautiful wife and holds some actual integrity. He takes a position in the stock brokering business working for a guy who presents him with a glimpse into what his future could hold, money, drugs, sex, drugs, soul destruction... oh and did I mention drugs? He still holds some semblance of decency, declining his bosses offer to snort cocaine, at this point. It isn't until he finds himself in the midst of black Friday and looking for a job again. This is where he finds a small firm selling penny stocks, stock for companies that, basically, suck. From here he forms his own business with a group of guys who apparently would sell their grandmother's for a bag of crack or a night with a whore. This is where it all heads directly south and becomes like one big Jackass movie with a higher budget and no where near as much fun. I liken this movie to a couple of 13 year olds telling dirty jokes trying to see who can top the last one with something even more shocking and messed up. Rampant infidelity (SPOILER ALERT: DiCaprio not only cheats on his wife but even after marrying the incredibly gorgeous model he cheated with, he turns right around and cheats on her!!) pointless and not even remotely sexy nudity and soft core sex scenes, drugs coming out of and into every orifice and a story that really takes forever to show you where it's headed make this three hours of excruciating "entertainment" that made me want to dig out my eyes. The only reason I kept watching was the hope id get to see every single one of these morons burst into flames in screaming agony or, at the VERY least, lose everything. I suppose if you were going to take anything from this it's that sex with thousands of people, drugs and corrupt money all lead to soul destruction and selling out. Sadly I fear for the section of viewers who will see this as more of a life map than a cautionary tale. And before you all bill me as some religious zealot who hates everything fun, believe me I'm not. I'm probably one of the most open minded movie goers around. I've watched horror films that were more socially redeeming than this! And I'm sure someone will blast me for not seeing the "artistic" way this was done or the "brilliant script", or that I have no idea what good acting is... blah blah blah... but I really could care less. Some people find art in a literal pile of crap but that doesn't mean it still didn't just get dumped there from someone's butt. The only redeeming character, besides dicaprios jilted wife, is a government agent who actually has some real integrity. Mostly... anyway, if this is what Hollywood calls entertaining I'm scared for you all. Personally I hate myself for seeing it through. 3 hours I will NEVER get back. I only wish we still shot everything on film so that this piece of crap could get left on a shelf where it could disintegrate into a pile of dust thus making it impossible for anyone to ever convert to a digital format. If you like the sound of this be my guest. Sell your soul. But by no means subject any child or teenager to this.
This movie was amazing, and hilarious. There is a reason that Martin Scorcese is so legendary! However, with that said I have never seen so many boobies in one movie before. It is a very graphic movie, and can be a bit uncomfortable with the level of sexuality in it. If you have no problem with nudity in films, then I'd go for this one because it was fantastic, however, if you try to avoid sexuality and nudity in movies- avoid this movie at all costs.February 27th, 2014 · Details
This movie was a 3 hour vulgar, inappropriate, offensive, sex-crazed, drug induced movie...and it was a hilarious! In the spirit of movies like Wall Street and Middle Men, this movie gives you an in depth look at the goings on of Wall Street in the 80s and early 90s. And given Martin Scorsese's style, and the storied setting, it was no surprise that drugs almost became a character of its own. This movie grabs you in the first five minutes and doesn't let go of you until the credits start to roll. This movie has a lot of brains, a lot of balls, a lot of laughs, but don't expect any heart. This isn't a movie that you root for a character or hope for a happy ending, it's not a movie about redemption or atonement, but there is certainly never a dull moment in this thrilling tale that makes Wall Street look like a Disney movie. In my opinion, this was the best comedic movie of 2013. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5!January 4th, 2014 · Details
Given that Belfort is a real-life felon who presumably ruined the financial security of many of his duped investors, the fact that Terence Winter's screenplay invites audiences to root for his wrongdoing -- and to take pleasure in the excesses it financed -- is troubling to say the least. Moviegoers dedicated to Judeo-Christian morality should avoid subsidizing this repentance-free and socially irresponsible project... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewJanuary 2nd, 2014 · Details
Like his “Goodfellas,” Scorsese’s storytelling here is utterly mesmerizing, with brilliant performances in every role. DiCaprio is electrifying. If Stratton Oakmont was still around, there would be a line of eager applicants around the block tomorrow... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
The Wolf of Wall Street is epic in scope, intoxicating and brimming with vitality — often disturbingly so... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review