The Wolf of WALL STREET Movie Review
Important Note to those who have not yet watched this movie – This review also talks and describes in detail about few plots and scenes from the movie, so if you have not watched it yet, you may want to wait until then.
The Wolf of Wall Street, Movie Review:
Without a doubt, this film is by far Martin Scorsese’s best film in recent years after “The Departed” way back in 2006.
My RATING – 5 / 5 Stars
- Directed by Martin Scorsese
- Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie, Cristin Milioti, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau and in an excitingly new role Matthew McConaughey
The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of “Jordan Belfort’s” memoir of the same name.
The movie starts by showcasing the spectacular lifestyle of the ultra rich Jordan Belfort, as the movie then slowly moves and dodges through various characters with the narration of Leonardo DiCaprio in the background introducing his character of “Jordan Belfort”.
He is a stockbroker who founded the investment firm Stratton Oakmont in a garage with a bunch of friends, none of whom have any idea about stocks, but are shown to be passionate about the idea of “selling anything and everything, legal or otherwise” well, to anyone with the sole goal of becoming ‘rich’.
The movie begins with a tremendous adrenaline rush running through the audience’s veins as they spot a young DiCaprio pacing the streets in a white Ferrari with a young lady by his side in the passengers seat in the most physically questionable intimate position imaginable in a public place in the middle of the pacing streets inside the ferocious and spectacular supercar.
As the story evolves, it goes into flashback showcasing how the character of Jordan Belfort is transformed from a loving husband, ambitious employee at a massive stock broking firm at Wall Street and from being the ever eager protege of his boss, Mark Hanna played brilliantly by Matthew McConaughey who advises him to adopt a lifestyle which is beyond a doubt morally questionable in every manner and aspect of life.
Jordan Belfort clears the Series 7 Exam and earns his broker’s license and makes his way to start his first day at this amazing firm only to lose his job when the firm fails after the dreaded Black Monday hits the world.
From here, he moves on to a small firm which sells penny stocks to small time individuals and this is where he puts his ‘sales lessons’ learnt at his earlier firm to use, with his first cold sales call. This scene showcases his convincing power to a total stranger slowly transforming him into a power driven and cynical stockbroker climbing up to the top of the industry ladder.
The film screams of Belfort’s lifestyle filled with drugs and debauchery.
Now whether this really was the life of Jordan Belfort or have they taken much cinematic liberty is under debate, but, the movie, well, it really sells!
At times I felt the language was over the top with use of the dreaded ‘F word’ in a frequency and manner which undoubtedly puts this film according to me in the movie list with maximum “swear words” which I seriously doubt could be ever overshadowed again.
The magic, genius and touch of Scorsese is clearly felt as he successfully convinces the applauding audiences in the theater to fall in love with the bad guy’s character. It brings about a simple thought in our minds with every dialogue and scene to see the dark hero being awarded for his insane passion of being and wanting to be more ‘successful’ and yet at the same time to be punished for the sleaze and extremely guilty actions burdened with zero morals and sheer ignorance for others well being, portrayed by the character.
His archetypal character evolves from a small time employee in a massive stock broking firm at Wall Street, to a man driven merely by the ambition to be rich at any and all costs, by starting his own firm in an Auto garage.
“Sell me this pen” – Epic quote from the movie scene where he convinces his group of friends to work for him and with him in his new venture!
There is at this juncture a splendidly comic scene in which Jordan Belfort silently mimicks during a cold call of sales with sheer theatrical entertainment coupled with extravagant and exaggerated mime that showcases him duping a new customer in his company for the very first time as his employees learn from the master to dominate a prospect over the telephone. This call is an important scene too as it shows the audience the “SALES Training” and the culture with which he starts his company and shares this vision with his first set of close team of employees. It also clearly emphasizes to the audiences the main character and his employees moral values of treating another individual, with purely an intention to sell, no matter what the consequences.
Another dramatic yet weirdly funny scene is the one in which Jordan Belfort who is shown to be extremely pumped up on drugs drags himself inch by inch across a car park from a club house back to his home in a state of utter daze.
The best part is when Scorsese shows the audience, the two sides of the same scene, one in whcih he shows the hero of the scene, Belfort with tremendous will power and grit driving saefely to his home even in that stoned state and the other scene in which he tickles the funny bone of the audiences by showing how the character has actually driven the vehicle, which he squeezes in beautifully in the scene as Belfort is shown being dragged by the local cops to the police station.
The other characters in the film have contributed immensely and without a doubt made it a sure shot Oscar Winner this year according to me in at least any one of the categories that it would be nominated for. Rob Reiner plays a wonderful role as Belfort’s furious father with a great touch of comic timing, strange and seriously questionable moral while guiding his son as they discuss the promiscuous lifestyle of today.
Then there are the very talented Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin and others who add tremendous essence to their characters and the movie in general.
The following scenes –
- One in which Belfort is shown with his team selling and dumping the stocks of STEVE MADDEN IPO in a frenzy, even though they are the underwriters of this IPO
- Then another one wherein Belfort discovers that the person under whose third party name he has offloaded millions of dollars in Swiss bank account has died and how he chooses to get back his money
- The airplane scene in which Dicaprio’s character is tied down on his seat due to his misbehavior with the crew
- The Mark Hanna scene of mentoring Belfort for the very first time
- The Ferrari drive scene from the clubhouse to his home in the stoned state etc are all epic on their own.
All in all an over the top movie for someone who expected it to be a family movie, but a spectacularly sure shot Oscar winner for someone like me who, well, knew what I could expect from a combination as amazing as Scorsese & DiCaprio and most importantly, a movie title that had the words “Wall Street” in it.
Some memorable quotes from the movie:
“Sell me this pen”
“My name is Jordan Belfort. The year I turned 26 I made $49 million dollars which really pissed me off because it was 3 shy of a million a week.”
HAVE YOU watched the movie yet? If yes, do share your views and comments about the same too with me here.
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