The Wolf of Wall Street is Martin Scorsese’s latest piece of cinematic work. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and Margot Robbie, It follows the life of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) a money-obsessed New York stockbroker who uses corruption to get ahead.
Now, there has been a huge outcry about this film encouraging the lifestyle that Jordan Belfort upholds throughout his life story. To the people fuelling these cries, I would suggest that you look deeper into the film’s meaning, rather than taking it at face value. If you look at it this way, it is quite obviously a cautionary tale from Belfort himself describing his life choices as a series of mistakes. Okay, passive-aggressive rant over, now onto the fun stuff. This film is amazing. DiCaprio’s performance as Belfort is simply fantastic. He captures so well the extravagant hedonism encouraged by his professional and personal lifestyle, as well as the infectious side of Belfort’s personality, which helped to draw others to his side. Also worthy of note is Jonah Hill’s performance as Donnie Azoff, Belfort’s quirky right hand man. Martin Scorsese’s direction deserves a mention, as the film just looks amazing visually as well.
I know this review has come a little late, but I seriously recommend that you go and find a way to see this film. DiCaprio shows us why we’ve always asked the question; ‘Why has Leo never won an Oscar?’, Jonah Hill shows us that he can do more than just comedy films, and Scorsese demonstrates that he hasn’t lost his gift. Ignore the negative voices that say this film doesn’t show Belfort’s lifestyle in a negative enough way, and remind them that films are made for entertainment, and to watch this one again with their eyes attached to their brain.