Director Martin Scorsese has directed yet another incredible film with The Wolf of Wall Street! It has everything that we love about Scorsese's storytelling and filmmaking style. Goodfellas is one of my favorite films from the director, and this is so reminiscent of that movie. It is done in almost that same exact style and has that exact same vibe. If you've seen it, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. Scorsese fans are going to love or hate it because of that. I freakin' loved it! It was a great story, it was very funny, the script was top notch, this direction was magnificent and the acting was absolutely brilliant. There's really nothing not to like about this movie, unless you're offended by nudity, because there's an awful lot of it.
I swear if Leonardo DiCaprio isn't nominated for his role as Jordan Belfort in this film I completely give up on the Academy. I also think DiCaprio should finally walk home with the Best Actor Oscar with this part. Yeah, Tom Hanks was amazing in both Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks, he deserves the nomination, and I wouldn't be disappointed if he won for either of those. But he already has a couple Oscars on display in his home, so I say let's finally give the award to DiCaprio. The guy is an amazing actor, and he gave this movie everything he had, giving his greatest performance to date. He pulled off some pretty crazy shit. His performance wowed the hell of of me. While the Academy is at it, they might as well give Jonah Hill a Best Supporting nomination too! He was equally as good as DiCaprio, and it's also one of the best performances of his career.
As for the story, you can't make this stuff up. It's one of those things that is so crazy and so over the top that it must have happened in real life, and it did! As you've probably heard the movie is based on a true story, and was adapted from the book Belfort wrote about his time as a hardcore ruthless stockbroker. I can't believe some of the stuff these people did for a good time. There was really nothing too much or too crazy for these guys, they could literally do anything they wanted… until they couldn't. The film gives us a look into a world that most of us will never see in real life, but the craziness exists. It also shows us what the consequences are of living that kind of life. Regardless of how hardcore and messed all of this was, the movie is a morality tale, and how Belfort rose to the top, fell, and then picked himself back up again as a different man.
The Wolf of Wall Street was massively entertaining, and anyone that is a fan of Scorsese needs to see it! I personally think that that's the audience that is really going to enjoy this movie!
For some more information on the film, here's the synopsis:
From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Money. Power. Women. Drugs. Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough.