The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

(2013)

Earn, spend, party.

Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in this Wall Street true story following a massively successful and unscrupulous stockbroker who survived the stock market crash and went on a greed, sex, and drug-fueled financial rampage with no respect for the the law or basic standards of human decency. Co-stars Matthew McConaughey, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin and The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal. Based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort, adapted for the screen by Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire).

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Eyebrows were raised when Martin Scorsese's real-life drama was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy. Although the soundtrack (including covers of Goldfinger and Mrs Robinson) is excellent, and it is Scorsese's funniest film by some distance, Wolf is neither musical nor comedy, more a riotously dayglo Goodfellas.... More

Beginning in a whir of crashing helicopters and tossed dwarves, it's a filthy, fizzy ride following the spectacular rise and predictable fall of 1980s stock market fraudster Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). But between the cameos (Matthew McConaughey, Joanna Lumley, Spike Jonze), globetrotting (London, Las Vegas, Auckland) and endless debauchery, there's a scabrous joie de vivre that's impossible to resist. One scene sees Belfort vividly miming anal sex while closing a sale with a clueless client. Another has him and his colleagues enjoying themselves on a coke-and-hooker-filled private jet. Multiply that by 180 minutes and you have some idea what you're getting into.

Though brilliantly written (by Boardwalk Empire's Terence Winter), acted and directed, Wolf is dangerously overlong. This is especially galling because Belfort often speaks directly to the audience to speed the action on. Couldn't he have whizzed us through the details of his downfall the same way? The only excuse is that the material is just too juicy to cut, and everyone, from a career-best DiCaprio, to his crack-smoking sidekick Jonah Hill, to Scorsese himself is having too good a time to stop. For at least two of the three hours, you will be too. Maybe those Golden Globe guys were on to something after all.Hide


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BY MaiaMcnz lister

This could have been a scolding expose of the excesses of Wall Street. Instead we are invited to enjoy the ride and not think too hard about the consequences. What's the point? I'm sure this film cost a crazy amount of money to make, why recreate something only to say nothing about the causes or the effects?


BY Colttany superstar

Loved it. Well done - Leonardo.


BY delarge101 superstar

A dark, thrilling character study with a side of crude, sexually-charged comedy. DiCaprio is fantastic and this is classic Scorsese.


A fast paced, exceptional film that had you gripped from beginning to end. Wolf of Wall street takes the viewer on a journey from the beginning of a career to getting addicted to the high life to total demise and rebuilding yourself from the bottom up. DiCaprio is fantastic throughout the whole film keeping you drawn to him with his suave and encapsulating personality. My only complaint is the length of the film, personally I feel some scenes could have been shortened or edited out completely... More without effecting the main story what so ever. I found myself wanting to skip scenes to get to the next part. However overall I would highly recommend it.Hide


BY kohicat nobody

Entertainment ++ The movie stayed with me for days and weeks later but be prepared for plenty of drugs and graphic sex. We weren't!!


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The Press Reviews

76% of critics recommend.
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  • Scorsese's funniest and most focused film in a long time, a jet-black sex and drug-soaked comedy featuring a bravura performance by Leonardo DiCaprio. Full Review

  • Here is a white-collar crime caper that stirs golden memories of the Scorsese back catalogue, often quite knowingly and sometimes to a fault. Full Review

  • The wages of greed and excess portrayed in grand, operatic, often very funny style. Full Review

  • Plays modern tragedy as epic farce, reminding us just how much fun Scorsese can be when he's in a playful mood. Full Review

  • A big, unruly bacchanal of a movie that huffs and puffs and nearly blows its own house down, but holds together by sheer virtue of its furious filmmaking energy and a Leonardo DiCaprio star turn so electric it could wake the dead. Full Review

  • The length gives Scorsese, Winter, and their ensemble cast an opportunity to build setpieces of suitable extravagance, true to an antihero who installs a helicopter landing deck on his yacht just because he can. Full Review

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