The Wolf of Wall Street

RATED-(R)-180-MIN-2013

 

Martin Scorsese’s (The Wolf of Wall Street), is very much like some of his other films,in that most of  the main characters in these movies are people you would not like to be around or associated with in even a remote way. Whether it’s the destructive beast of a man in (Raging Bull), the very scary and dangerous mobsters and crooks in (Goodfellas), or the world of Las Vegas and again  mobsters in (Casino),the master Scorsese, puts you right in close them and makes you look until you are equally horrified and then mesmerized by what you are watching. If you have ever watched an interview with him, you will see the energy and passion of a man who loves film and it’s history, and you will have a better understanding of the presentation and pace of this man’s masterful collection of films. If you love movies and it‘s legacy, he is an treasure. If this movie were directed by lesser directors, it could very well have been terrible.
 
I hated these people in The Wolf of Wall Street, and my guess would be that you will too…but you won't look away. Screwing literally and figuratively everybody for the sake of the almighty dollar, at any cost is the main theme in this incredibly energetic and very good film. Part cautionary tale on drugs, and part very black comedy on the greed of Wall Street and the truly lowlife scumbags who play with people’s money, this is a film that will have your head spinning when you leave, with the depths of depravity the characters in this film sink or swim to. It’s like one long bad bender of a weekend that you would brag about, but wish to forget…after you get out of detox.
 
Leonardo DiCaprio plays (Jordan Belfort), who was a real broker that this film was based on,and it is a completely full throttle, take no prisoners performance that is one of his best. Except for the very beginning  of the film, when he is shown as a new peon at a Wall Street firm, he is truly a complete and utter asshole. He even at times, gives the camera the finger as he breaks the fourth wall, as Scorsese has done in the past. Jordon always wanted to be rich, and with his wife's blessing, he takes a job on Wall Street at a good sized firm.There he meets the biggest group of pricks and assholes in the office who’s main goal it seems is to screw their clients and take their money. He meets a charmer in his boss Mark Hanna( the on a completely unreal roll of a year Matthew McConaughey ),who takes him to lunch and proceeds to tell him to do ungodly amounts of cocaine, and masturbate frequently. McConaughey has on this one big scene, but he nails it and he is a hoot. Jordon gets a rush, and he is hooked. 

Once the firm he works for goes belly up during the late eighties crash, Jordon, goes to work for some small time penny stock racket on Long Island where they try to sucker smalltime people into believing that the shack companies are the way to invest. Their commission is high,and he flourishes because, this bullshit artist could sell snow to the Eskimos. He starts to make some good money, but he aims to make much more. One day, while having lunch, he meets a very strange dude played by Jonah Hill (Donnie Azoff), who is impressed with Jordon and what he say he makes a month. If he shows him a pay stub, he will quit his job and work for him. He shows him, and Donnie quits his job. This sets up one of many very funny and totally inappropriate scenes where Jordon asks Donnie about the fact that he married his cousin, and whether he was worried about having handicapped kids. His answer in this scene will tell you all you need to know about the lack of boundaries these people have in this movie….there are none. A scene where they discuss throwing a Velcro wrapped midget at a target in the office, and what rights "it" might have, and what "it" will do if it is pissed off, is another.

Hill kind of reminded me of Joe Pesci In (Goodfellas), in that he is a complete riot at times,but a completely disgusting turd of a human being. His bizarre teeth and eighties pastel wardrobe only adds to his creepiness, and Hill is great. He also introduces Belfort to more drugs, so by the time things get rolling, they are complete and utter wasteoids.A scene later In the film, where Belfort, high on Quaaludes tries to get in his car and drive home is a scream,as is also the scene after where he confronts Hill and the wrestling match that ensues.

So, as Jordon and Donnie screw more and more people out of their money, Jordon decides to recruit some of his old pals who apparently all deal pot  into their scam. He teaches them the ropes on how to reel in the poor saps on the phone, and his company thrives. To give his shell game some better stature,

he names the firm (Stratton Oakmont), and the monster is born. Forbes magazine does an unflattering  piece on the firm called (The Wolf of Wall Street),
and then all hell truly does break loose. Belfort thumbs his nose at the bigger firms, and basically does whatever he wants, because he believes that he is made
of Teflon.

 

Enter FBI agent Patrick Denhan (Kyle Chandler), who starts sniffing into Stratton Oakmont and smells something rotten. Belfort is warned by his lawyers not to fuck with the FBI, but he truly believes he can’t be touched, and decides to invite the agent aboard his Yacht,to ultimately bribe him. Chandler’s initial “aw-shucks” routine is fun to watch as these two men duke it out verbally. It’s a great scene, and now Belfort is in panic mode to hide his money. What follows is a circus.I must point out some great supporting roles in the movie by Rob Reiner as Belforts intense dad who overseas the firm's budget, and a very funny Spike Jonze as the boss at the penny firm.

I have read some reviews where they say that unlike the mobsters of Scorsese's earlier films, the people in this film, don't even have a code of ethics to hang their hat on...and they are right. The Mobsters had honor to a degree, and these people are just greedy; they are pigs at the trough. You will take no moral lesson from this film, because the people in this movie, have none.I guess if any, it would be that Scorsese thinks little of Wall Street, and after the bailout a fews years ago,most would agree.

So, why would you watch this film?...Because it is so well done by a master of filmmaking, it knows that it's subjects are scum, the performances are very well

done, and it just says; here is a man who did exist, and this is what he did. Take what you want from it....I took it as a comedy.
If you don't...it will piss you off when you look at your retirement plan.

 

Watch the trailer:http://youtu.be/iszwuX1AK6A