The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) Review

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The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Based on The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

Starring:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Jonah Hill
Margot Robbie
Matthew McConaughey
Kyle Chandler
Rob Reiner
Jon Bernthal
Jon Favreau
Jean Dujardin
Joanna Lumley
Cristin Milioti
Christine Ebersole
Shea Whigham
Katarina Čas
P. J. Byrne
Kenneth Choi
Brian Sacca
Henry Zebrowski
Ethan Suplee
Barry Rothbart
Jake Hoffman
Spike Jonze

Running time: 179 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort, a New York stockbroker who runs a firm that engages in securities fraud and corruption on Wall Street in the 1990s.

(But DiCaprio’s character is a lot more fun to watch than Gordon Gekko and the acting is A BIT better than Daryl Hannah’s…)

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My Opinion:

I know I just did a list of my top ten Martin Scorsese films HERE but, the truth is, I’m not a huge fan. Is The Wolf Of Wall Street REALLY better than things like Goodfellas & Taxi Driver? Okay – probably not. But I can honestly say that I enjoyed this film the most out of all the Scorsese films I’ve seen & it’s my own personal favorite of his. Scorsese & DiCaprio make a great team and this three hour film felt about ten minutes long when compared to The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (I thought that damn thing would never end!).

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I’m not sure where to start. I’m really not sure what to say about this at all. I’m not even completely sure why I enjoyed it so much! It’s raunchy as hell. It’s all “fuck” this and “fucking motherfucker cocksucker” that and HOOKERS DRUGS HOOKERS DRUGS! It’s full of a bunch of disgusting, unlikeable, rich douchebags. What a bunch of horrible pricks. But, goddamn, this was funny as hell and just plain fun to watch! I’m still chuckling over Leo & Jonah Hill on quaaludes & fighting over the telephone.

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DiCaprio & even Hill (who I never liked before this movie) are absolutely incredible. LOVED them. Everyone in this was excellent – not one person seemed wrong for their part. I also especially loved Rob Reiner as DiCaprio’s dad (freaking HILARIOUS) and Matthew McConaughey in a small role played to absolute perfection. Brilliant. Every single person in this. And I’ve decided I have a thing for Jean Dujardin now (I’m growing up & liking the older, classy men now. Yum).

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Screw it. You know what? I really don’t know what else to say. My reviews are always too long anyway. This was out ages ago in America, right? Everyone has reviewed this by now & discussed it to death. I liked it. No… I loved it. I loved a Scorsese film where I didn’t have to worry about someone’s head being stuck in a vice (I’ve avoided Casino for years because of that). I’m not sure if there’s some kind of message to this film other than “rich people are assholes”. Who cares? It managed to keep my interest for THREE HOURS and made me laugh and made me happy, dammit. It’s full of some of the best acting I’ve seen in a long time. Great soundtrack, too! I really hope it wins some Oscars over the inferior American Hustle.

My Rating: 9/10

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59 thoughts on “The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) Review

  1. Also my personal favorite Scrocese movie, at least of the ones I’ve seen.

    Wolf has quite a few themes, from the excesses of extreme wealth, to society’s misstep in letting white collar criminals escape with little to no consequences for bad behavior, to social inequity that makes social mobility much harder than its supposed to be, to . . . well . . . and more than that. Thematically, I think this a very strong movie.

    Also, is it as well made as Taxi Driver? I think it is, actually. Maybe even better.

    • And…. The “rich people are assholes” theme. ; ) Glad you loved this one too! I know I’ll be annoyed when it inevitably gets little or no Oscars… :-/ Would love for Leo to win!

  2. Older, classy men like THE IPC??????????????

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    I’ll watch this fucking cocksucker when it’s out on VOD : )

  3. Good review. This movie’s a long one and definitely gets right down to its dirtiness, but is always fun and entertaining to watch, even when it does seem like Scorsese and co. are just doing the same things, over and over again.

      • I’ll never say the performances were bad. It’s, just as I heard one critic put in New York who also wasn’t as impressed as I was, the second act was a remake of the first act and the third act was a remake of the second act. It was just too redundant.

      • True – they do keep doing the same things over & over again in this one. I suppose that’s how it was in real life, though. The whole “hookers drugs hookers drugs” thing. They didn’t seem to care about anything else! I still enjoyed the film a lot, though. : )

  4. They are NOT way too long, I love to read what people think! I am glad you enjoyed this movie, I absolutely had a blast with it, everything just worked.

    • Yep! So glad I decided to check this one out. Don’t LOVE Scorsese but do like what he’s done with Leo (other than Shutter Island). Leo is such a great actor. : ) (I know you agree) ; )

      • xD I think the world knows I agree! 😛 They are amazing together and I am a Scorsese fan, though I know you aren’t overly keen. I am glad that this one won you over, it really was fantastic!

  5. Awesome review…and really enjoying your blog!! Love your very honest way of writing too. You should really still see Casino, even if the head in a vice bit – isn’t the worst part!!!

    • Thanks! I know I’m not much of a “writer” but love just coming here & chatting about films like this with everyone so love getting comments. : ) Casino… I know. I’m such a wuss with violence! I hear the baseball bat scene is the worst. If I ever watch it, it’ll have to be with someone who can tell me what’s happening while my eyes are shut. ; )

  6. Excellent review. Glad you liked it! The Wolf of Wall Street is without a doubt one of the most insane, crazy and enjoyable films I’ve seen in a while, showcasing a career high from Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, who cranks up the energy and impact for maximum result.

    • Lol – this may be the longest I’ve ever taken to reply to a comment. Sorry it got missed! I loved The Wolf Of Wall Street & it’s still my favorite film I’ve seen in 2014 so far. Leo is BRILLIANT. It’s a shame he didn’t get the Oscar (although I knew he wouldn’t). Hopefully he’ll have his day. : )

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  10. Awesome review 🙂 so glad to hear some love for this movie especially after its disappointing Oscar turnout. As you said, it was easily able to be entertaining for three hours. My favourite aspects were the incredible acting and the humour.
    Great blog, I’m enjoying these reviews!

    • Thanks! : ) Yeah – I knew it wouldn’t do well at the Oscars but I still SO wanted to see Leo win. This film was so much better than the majority nominated but I know its subject matter was probably too iffy for Academy voters. Thanks so much for checking out my reviews! With the John Hughes blogathon going on, I’m missing reviewing all the non-Hughes stuff! : )

    • Thanks! : ) Hmm… You MIGHT like it! A hard one to know if you should really recommend it to people or not… The performances are just SO excellent. Loved Leo in this. Would love to see him finally get an Oscar one day. : ) I found it amazing that I so enjoyed a film with SUCH hateful characters!

      • Yes your enthusiasm is definitely enrolling. And the fact that this wouldn’t ordinarily your type of film with the less likeable characters also says alot!

        Leonardo is great actor to me, he throws himself in 1000% with every project. I never not believe him…

        Anyway, thanks again!

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    As part of my IMDB Top 250 Challenge, I’m reblogging this review I did of The Wolf Of Wall Street since the Oscars are coming up and Leonardo DiCaprio is of course up for an Oscar for The Revenant. I really wanted Leo to win for this one but hopefully this will finally be his year. I recently did a list of My Top Ten Leonardo DiCaprio Movies (and this one was very high on my list). The Wolf Of Wall Street is currently at number 146 out of 250…

    If you’d like to do a guest review, these movies are still available:

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