The Wolf of Wall Street – Movie review
Beware, the title may be misleading. This movie directed by Marti Scorsese is not all about stock markets or even stock brokers and some fishy financial transactions. It is all about drugs and more drugs and yes more of them. It says that all is well that starts well. Over here the movie has a weavey start where on a floor of a lifted boiler-room meat heads are tossed up like anything and from very beginning the audience starts to feel that what the hell he or she is doing here? The feeling will on the raise as this ‘beginning’ of the movie never ‘ends’ !!
The story is based on the wicked intellect Jordan Belfort who got instant richness and of course the fame during the year 2007 but later we all came to know that it was nothing but cheating the investors. Leonardo DiCaprio is playing the role of Jordan Belfort ‘Wolf’ who is acting like amoral Horatio Algar and who has a C-Note fixed up on his nose. He transforms from a funny and jerky acting to an electrifying performance lateron. It reminds us about Ray Liotta in the ‘Good Fellas’. The character of DiCaprio tells us that how an intelligent guy can pull of one of the most shameless scams in the history of America.
The story is all about how Jordan Belfort who once was a trainee at a brokerage house and how he manufactures a Black Monday bloodbath at the stock markets by cheating some intelligent, some rich and some not so worthy investors by selling them stocks of former auto-body garage. He even romances and marries and then slips into drug mafias’ hands. It is only the charm DiCaprio does to you makes you feel that he should get away from it.
But from the very beginning the pace of the movie is nothing less than lethargic to say the least. To really make it run one can easily feel that it needs lots of trimming. With such pace of the story and the length of the movie which is just under a minute below 3 hours how can one remain on his or her seat is the question everyone will start asking sooner rather than later. If this is not enough the persona of ‘Wolf’ repeats itself so much that you can feel bored. Yes there are some fun moments as well but they do not last that very long, which on the contrary should have looking at the length of the movie.
Let’s be clear: The Wolf of Wall Street is a great and possibly terrific movie, as movies go, one of the best Scorsese has made in a long while. It makes no sense for a three-hour movie in which you basically know what will happen to be this engrossing. In that regard, it’s actually better than Boogie Nights, which loses steam in its final hour.
But yes if you are a fan of a crime movie than you should watch it. Because the ‘Wolf’ with all his tricks can thrill you on how he cheats and makes millions from stocks along with drug trafficking. He knows that he is involved in crime but not even for a second he feels scare or feels bad about it. It is just sheer bad luck which in the end let him get caught with the law of the land. If this attitude of Jordan Belfort clicks you then ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is waiting for you to pay a visit.