THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JANUARY 3, 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio gives one of his best performances of his career in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street”, a brutally honest look at the life of real-life New York stockbroker, Jordan Belfort, who scammed rich people out of their money to live his lavish, no holds barred lifestyle. Almost pornographic, the film brings out the animalistic sides of its characters, who throw midgets like lawn darts and who spend insurmountable quantities of cash on the strangest of things. There’s humor in this film, as Jonah Hill and his fellow cronies work their way up the Wall Street ladder, with DiCaprio leading the way. Hill fills the role of Donnie Azoff, Belfort’s best friend and partner in crime most of the time. The two play off each other well and the roller coaster ride of that is this film sees them through some very comical moments together. Matthew McConaughey has a very brief but humorous part in the film as Belfort’s first eccentric boss Mark Hanna, who shows him the dark but glamorous side to drinking and doing drugs at lunch, but still performing impressively at the stock exchange. Also, Kyle Chandler mixes in wonderfully as the FBI agent bent on taking down the corrupt world that Belfort lives in.

One of my favorite roles is of Belfort’s second wife, Naomi, played by the young and immensely gorgeous Margot Robbie, who steals almost every scene she’s in with DiCaprio and commands her role just as she commands Belfort. “The Wolf Of Wall Street” is a crazy masterpiece from Scorsese, delivering enough action and comedy to warrant multiple viewings, bringing not only understanding to what was going on during the Wall Street scandals but delving deeper into the wild party side. The best moment in the film by far, involving DiCaprio’s character taking very powerful Quaaludes, losing motor function, and crawling to his car marks the only time this year that I laughed until I cried in the movie theater. Scorsese hasn’t missed a beat and even at three hours long, which feels long, there’s not a moment I could pinpoint that I would take out, marking a very brilliant use of screen-time. Filled with amazing talent, especially the star of the show, DiCaprio, this is yet another fantastic film for Scorsese to add to his filmography, continuing his untouchable legacy as a director.

RELEASE DATE
December 25, 2013

DIRECTOR
Martin Scorsese

WRITTEN BY
Terence Winter

BASED ON
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
by Jordan Belfort

STUDIO
Paramount Pictures

R
(for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence)

BIOGRAPHY
CRIME
DRAMA

180 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Rodrigo Prieto

EDITOR
Thelma Schoonmaker

CAST
Leonardo DiCaprio
Jonah Hill
Margot Robbie
Matthew McConaughey
Kyle Chandler
Rob Reiner
Jon Bernthal
Jon Favreau
Jean Dujardin
Cristin Milioti
Shea Whigham
P.J. Byrne
Kenneth Choi
Ethan Suplee

PRODUCED BY
Martin Scorsese
Leonardo DiCaprio
Riza Aziz
Joey McFarland
Emma Tillinger Koskoff

BUDGET
$100 million

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