In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) began his career as a stockbroker on Wall Street. He started working for Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey) and saw the life he could be living. However, just as he started to settle into his new role, the Crash of ’87 happened, and Jordan lost his job. He later found worker as a penny stockbroker, and soon discovered ways to make big money. He created Stratton-Oakmont with a staff of twenty, and their staff and status on Wall Street grew exponentially very quickly indeed. Jordan got a taste for the high life; marrying a beautiful wife, buying a dream house and throwing lavish parties. The flamboyant behaviour soon had the FBI watching him like a hawk, and we all know that what goes up must, inevitably, come down.
The Wolf Of Wall Street is the latest film from epic director Martin Scorsese. He has made quite a name for himself with films such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Casino, and so expectations for his films have been set high for a very long time. To be completely truthful, I was a bit disappointed with this film. It wasn’t anywhere near as good as I thought it might be. Part of me thinks that this is down to the astonishing run time – at 172 minutes, it was a bit long for a comedy where the main subject matter included many ugly men getting off their faces on whatever drugs they could find and boob being shoved in your face left, right and centre. Whilst there were parts where I had tears in my eyes from laughing, it did get a bit tiresome where some of the jokes weren’t as funny as they were, perhaps, supposed to be.
Nonetheless, I did think the cast and performances were great. There were quite a few big names dotted throughout; Matthew McConaughey, Rob Reiner, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler and Joanna Lumley, and they all played their respective roles very well. Of course, there is no doubt the main man of the film was DiCaprio. He played the title character, Jordan Belfort, so he needed to be good, although with DiCaprio, is there ever a time he is not? The way he portrayed Jordan (which was as a complete jackass, by the way) was so believable, and all the while you were watching, you could only imagine the size of the ego this guy had. The richer he got, the more of a dick he became. The funny thing was that as soon as Jordan’s downfall started, he suddenly remember reed how to treat people again. DiCaprio did a wonderful job, and I’m starting to feel for him over that Oscar win that keeps evading him.
As I’ve said, I do think the film was too long, but despite the odd gag not quite working out, the story was adapted for the screen very well from the book by the real Jordan Belfort, and if anyone was to make such an outrageous tale viewable on our screens, it would be Mr Scorsese, so I do think it fell into the right hands. It just didn’t grab me in the way I thought it would for some reason.
Overall, I wouldn’t say The Wolf Of Wall Street is an absolute must-watch because there are better ways to spend nearly three hours of your time. However, with the hype this film got, many of you won’t listen, will go onto watch The Wolf Of Wall Street and then proceed to prove me wrong and say you loved it. Leave your comments below – I’m interested to hear what you’ve got to say on this one.