The Wolf of Wall Street Review


Title: The Wolf of Wall Street

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Biography, Drama

Release date: January 17, 2014

Director: Martin Scorcese

Writers: Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort (book)

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Show Summary

Based on the real-life events, trials and tribulations of Jordan Belfort, viewers are treated to a journey like none other seen on film before it. With Jordan’s rise to becoming a wealthy stock-broker who lived the high life on Wall Street all the way through to his fall, we see the ups and downs of what a life in luxury with plenty of cash can do to you and those around you.

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Our Critic Review

Based on the memoirs of a man who spent a huge portion of the Nineties swindling his way to an enormous fortune of millions upon millions of dollars – Jordan Belfort – The Wolf of Wall Street is an exhilarating three hours that will grip you from start to finish. Martin Scorsese ensures that this is one of if not the best movie he has made throughout his entire career in bringing some brilliant casting to the forefront.

Despite being accused of being a movie that glamorises the crimes Belfort committed, an audience must remember that the film has been made to entertain, and it does exactly that. Though it’s a long slug it’s one that definitely deserves your time and attention. Leonardo DiCaprio is in his prime and alongside his on-screen partner played by the beautiful Margot Robbie, and the incomparable Jonah Hill as his friend and accomplice, a trio is formed that captivate and command attention.

With Belfort’s impatience proving too much, he goes out of his way to become one of the most successful stockbrokers in the country, breaking the law as he does so. Though he seems to at some points have it all, he’s far from living a happy and fulfilled life. With more brilliance comes further greed and a sense of entitlement and the viewers are left asking themselves if this is indeed America and the countries in the First World as a whole. And perhaps that is exactly what Scorsese was aiming for.

And though there’s a lot of drama and darkness throughout, there’s also an underlying comic tone which will have you belly-laughing at times, wondering just why you’re finding a movie of this kind so hilarious.

Perfectly blending genres together, The Wolf of Wall Street is a cult classic which is sure to go down in history for all the right reasons. It’s brave, unique and deserving of great success. One that you must watch if you call yourself a movie lover.

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Critic Reviews

It’s another variation on Scorsese’s favorite kind of a story, the rise and fall. In this case, he and frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio go on a full-out cinematic bender. Read Full Review

Bad Keefe, Colombus Alive

A very fast three hours, Wolf is a fascinating, revolting, outlandish, uproarious, exhilarating and exhausting master work on immorality. Read Full Review

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

A delirious, manic, push-the-limits comedy of gaudy amorality that tests the audience’s taste. But it’s a gamble that works, since you leave this adrenaline trip wasted, but invigorated. Read Full Review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

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