Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Joanna Lumley
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Written By: Terence Winter
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 59 min
This was a three-hour movie? Didn’t feel like it. The time slipped by quickly, and I never once thought this movie was too long. It zips by at such a frenetic pace, and it’s filled with great performances and dialog.
What’s really crazy about his film is – it’s always somehow credible no matter how over the top it gets. If you’ve checked out any of the documentaries that followed the latest and greatest stock market crash. You’ll be used to hearing about the incredibly indulgent lifestyles of Wall Street brokers. So much so that no matter how crazy things get in Wolf, you’ll still buy it hook, line, and sinker.
But be careful not to judge the characters in this movie to harshly. At frequent intervals, Martin Scorsese takes pains to ask you – if you were walking in Jordan Belfont’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) shoes, would you behave any differently?
The Wolf of Wall Street is a great power corrupts tale. Leonardo DiCaprio is fantastic in this, and it’s well directed and written. At times, hilarious. Very much recommended.
This is a long film. Three hours, so keep that in mind. It also earns its R rating. There’s plenty of bad language, drug use, sex and nudity. At times, this reminded me of another Scorsese film. Goodfellas.
It’s well shot, and at times hilarious. A packed evening showing would be fun if you are capable of sitting quiet for three hours! Sadly, not many people these days seem capable of stilling still for that amount of time, so you could also consider a less crowded matinée screening to avoid interruptions. At home a HD showing is recommended.
Best moment for me: << mild spoiler >>
Jordan Belfont (Leonardo DiCaprio) has taken way too many drugs, and is unable to walk. He’s about a mile away from his house, and needs to crawl out of the country club and get back to his car. The entire scene where he negotiates his way on all fours out of the country club and back to his car is hilarious. Especially when he opens the door to his Lamborghini with his foot, and the gull-wing doors partially lift him – foot first – into the air!