The Wolf of Wall Street is a magnificent movie by Martin Scorsese starring Leonardo DiCaprio. A work full of dynamism and strength.
Over the years I have followed Scorsese’s career and he never ceased to surprise me until I found his masterpiece in Goodfellas, a formula that combined all his excellent work in Mean Streets, Raging Bull and others… until The Wolf of Wall Street arrived and it seemed to me the work not of an aging guy, but of a rejuvenated and improved master who has reinvented himself.
The Wolf of Wall Street Plot
This is the story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), who has arrived in New York with the healthy intention of… making a fortune. To do so, and after a disastrous start, he does not hesitate in using his skills in the most imaginative ways.
Yes, Scorsese has directed a comedy and DiCaprio did deserve the Oscar (he got it the following year), but we are left with a film that, although it is a Scorsese film with its ‘moralizing’ and the damned FBI being a nuisance at the end of the film, it is a fresh, brilliant work that is full of wit and which reinvents the filmography of its director and turns DiCaprio into the new De Niro (and I don’t know if he surpasses him, it’s a matter of taste).
A witty, sincere, honest, sincere, film… wonderful. You won’t stop laughing and it would be much better if you don’t have your children with you at the time. Yes, you can try to teach them all the lessons you want, but… wouldn’t you like to have been Jordan Belfort? Yachts, money… women, substances of all kinds… a life that is captured to perfection and with a lot of humor in what I think is Scorsese’s best film (and that’s saying a lot, an awful lot).
Halfway through the movie, the film goes downhill a bit, with the typical downturn this director’s movies have, and, well… whenever the FBI appears, all the good stuff ends. From then on it is less cheerful, but the first two hours have a fantastic pace and fast-paced editing.
Five resounding stars because I feel like it and because these two, actor and protagonist, have managed to maintain their youth over the years. It is a very fresh movie, much better than The Irishman. In this one we see the best Scorsese: innovative, daring and very young.
You laugh a lot, it will have you in stitches, and that’s good enough for me.
P.S: Matthew McConaughey is in two scenes but… unbeatable!
Academy Awards: 5 nominations, including Best Film & Best Director
Golden Globes: Best Actor – Comedy (Dicaprio). 2 nominations
Martin Charles Scorsese (born November 17, 1942) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. One of the major figures of the New Hollywood era, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential directors in film history. Scorsese’s body of work explores themes such as Italian-American identity, Catholic concepts of guilt and redemption, faith, machismo, nihilism, crime and sectarianism. Many of his films are known for their depiction of violence and the liberal use of profanity. Scorsese has also dedicated his life to film preservation and film restoration by founding the nonprofit organization The Film Foundation in 1990, as well as the World Cinema Foundation in 2007 and the African Film Heritage Project in 2017.
Leonardo DiCaprio / Jordan Belfort
Jonah Hill / Donnie Azoff
Margot Robbie / Naomi Lapaglia
Matthew McConaughey / Mark Hanna
Kyle Chandler / Agent Patrick Denham
Rob Reiner / Max Belfort
Jon Bernthal / Brad Bodnick
Jean Dujardin / Jean-Jacques Handali
Kenneth Choi / Chester Ming