The Wolf of Wall Street

 

 
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Release Date: December 25th 2013 (Cinematic release). March 25th 2014 (Home media release).
 
Length: 2 hours 59 minutes.
 
Storyline: Based on the book of the same name by Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street showcases Jordan's career as a stockbroker, from losing his job after passing his exam to become a stockbroker to his starting up his own firm and garnering huge success through not-quite-legal means. The movie showcases his career and his eventual arrest at the hands of the FBI.
 
Studio: Red Granite Pictures, Appian Way Productions, Sikelia Productions, Emjag Productions.
 
Producer: Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, Emma Tillinger Koskoff.
 
Written By: Screenplay by Terrence Winter, based on the book by Jordan Belfort.
 
Plot / Story
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Characters
96%


 
Acting
93%


 
Cinematography
97%


 
Soundtrack
89%


 
Uniqueness
75%


 
Total Score
89%


User Rating
300 total ratings

 

What We Liked


A completely gripping story, expertly directed, and a strong cast of brilliant characters played brilliantly by each cast member.

What We Disliked


The 3 hour runtime may put people off.


Bottom Line

While not one for the whole family to enjoy, The Wolf of Wall Street is, in its own right, a masterpiece of modern cinema.

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Posted April 15, 2014 by

 
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Full Review

Crude, offensive and outrageous, Scorsese’s take on a Wall Street shark is a completely exhilarating experience that is not to be missed.

The Wolf of Wall Street is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie and Matthew McConaughey.

The movie starts out with a commercial for Belfort’s firm, Stratton Oakmont, which was made for the movie. It then cuts to an office scene where a large group of people are cheering and waving money around while Jordan and an associate throw a number of little people at a target. Jordan offers $25,000 to the first one to hit the bullseye, the scene pauses and Leonardo DiCaprio’s narration kicks in, explaining that he’s Jordan Belfort and gives a bit of his back story, including the quote, “The year I turned 26, I made 49 million dollars, which really p*ssed me off because it was three shy of a million a week.”

Straight away, the viewer feels complete jealousy towards Belfort, as he showcases what he owns; a white Ferrari, a huge estate, and of course, a beautiful wife. His character is not a very likeable one, and he’s not meant to be; by the end of the movie, he’s learned nothing and given nothing away, yet is completely entertaining for the duration of the movie. Picture Henry Hill from Goodfellas if he’d gotten into the stock market and you’ve got a close idea to what this character is like.

Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent as Jordan Belfort, and this is one of the performances where I did not see Leonardo DiCaprio playing a character, I just saw that character. Jonah Hill plays Donnie Azoff, a random guy who lived in the same apartment complex, who teams up with Belfort to start Stratton Oakmont. At this point, the story kicks into high gear and the movie is practically non-stop from there on out. The movie itself may be 3 hours long, but at no point does it feel like it’s that long. The pacing is perfect throughout, there’s no point that you lose any of what’s happening or feel that anything is drawn out.

The Wolf of Wall Street is absolutely hilarious, although you will feel a sense of guilt for laughing at some of what’s in there. It’s also quite graphic in its depiction of drug use and there is quite a lot of nudity in there too. That said, it doesn’t take away from the complete enjoyment experienced. Scorsese hits the mark in every scene and at no point did it feel like it was forced, even the background actors played everything out to a tee. There are a number of standout scenes, however the Quaaludes scene is possibly the one that stands head and shoulders above the rest, the entire sequence is completely gripping, hilarious and also deadly serious. And we get to see some fantastic physical comedy from DiCaprio.

For me, Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio are on a par with each other throughout, and I honestly never thought that Jonah Hill could be such an incredible actor before seeing this movie, and he absolutely deserved the oscar nomination for his performance (Hill was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Moneyball). The entire supporting cast are absolutely brilliant also, with a couple of standout performances from Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, and Jean Dujardin.

While not one for the whole family to enjoy, The Wolf of Wall Street is, in its own right, a masterpiece of modern cinema.

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