And why not, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET is my favorite film – not just this holiday season – but for ALL of 2013
Where to begin?
Let’s start with the fact that the movie is based on the true story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort who was eventually indicted for securities fraud and money laundering. He’s portrayed brilliantly in the film by Leonardo DiCaprio who’s mesmerizing performance has already earned him a GOLDEN GLOBE nomination for Best Actor.
DiCaprio’s character was about to enter the brokerage business under the guidance of senior (power) broker Matthew McConaughey whose ‘anything goes’ mending philosophy is something to behold.
But timing was terrible.
The stock market crash of 1987 spoiled all that. But DiCaprio didn’t give up. He joined a small time Penny Arcade, a small brokerage outfit specializing in hawking penny stocks while paying inflated commissions.
Long story short, DiCaprio uber-performs and soon opens his own firm with Jonah Hill as his first employee. From there it’s on to the American dream, baby. Money, sex, power MORE sex, cocaine and debauchery.
It’s the wild world of 1990’s excesses where the dirt bags of Wall Street stock brokers LIVED the credo that Greed IS Good! As hinted above, things didn’t continue to go DiCaprio’s way as the FBI finally brought him down.
But getting there is the most politically incorrect trip you’ve ever taken – tossing midgets and all…
* WOLF OF WALL STREET marks the fifth collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.
It is, in my humble, opinion their BEST.
Incidentally DiCaprio also co-produced the picture with Scorsese.
* Jonah Hill as second in command’ Donnie Azoff is definitely on par here with his great past performance in MONEYBALL.
Hell, he exceeds it.
* Matthew McConaughey’s role as DiCaprio’s tutor doesn’t last long. I wish there would’ve been more of him in the movie, but during his brief screen time HE PERFORMS!
* DiCaprio’s pep talks and intoxicating sales spiels are something to behold.
(I would’ve bought in.)
* With a three-hour long running time I was never bored or found myself fidgeting in my seat. And I never checked my watch once.
That’s saying something!
Now let’s talk SEX.
When first shown to the Ratings Board the producers were told that THE WOLF OF WALL
STREET would earn an NC-17 rating as submitted.
With a few snippets here and there it finally garnered an R rating—but pushes the outer limits of what typically musters for an R.
In the MPAA Rating Board’s own words:
“Rating R—for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and some violence.”
“Wait until middle America which loves its ‘Duck Dynasty’ gets a load of a homosexual orgy scene and the popular Leonardo DiCaprio blowing cocaine into a hooker’s anus through a straw.”
And talk about the Mile High Club on a flight to Las Vegas.
No jet lag there when it comes to debauchery on that charter.
All that plus fun featured supporting performances from Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler, Jon Favreau and hottie Morgot Robbie as DiCaprio’s (second) trophy wife.
Loose, titillating, dramatic, sexy and fun. Just one hell of a movie and already nominated for BEST PICTURE by the Golden Globes.
I’m grading THE WOLF OF WALL STREET a mesmerizing A.
(Reviewed at Standees, Prairie Village)
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