The Wolf of Wall Street, by Martin Scorsese

WAS ALL THIS LEGAL? ABSOLUTELY NOT

JORDAN BELFORT

Whatever you think this is, whatever notion you have formed right now about the kind of movie The Wolf of Wall Street is, forget it, just put it aside, because Scorsese‘s latest picture goes beyond all expectations. At least this is what I should’ve told myself, because it certainly exceeded mine – in fact, it completely crushed them, easily becoming the most surprising film of the year. 
It is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a Wall Street stockbroker that after being fired on 1987’s Black Monday decided to start his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Nothing extraordinary here, except he didn’t just successfully (by resorting to crimes, granted) run that firm, he ran it like king, rewarding the work of his employees with never-ending wild parties, fuelled by alcohol, drugs and sex, and most of all, A LOT of money. In the words of Jay-Z (he’s a great artist), nothing exceeds like excessive, and Wolf takes excess to a whole new level. It’s not the amount of money or the luxuries he could afford, it’s how he spent that money, how he threw it away — literally, in the trash, off a boat – and all the insanely over the top shocking things he did with it.
Portraying this extravagant figure is actor Leonardo DiCaprio, in a performance that… honestly, fills me with great joy, just for how good it is. He does everything we already knew he could do: a bit drama, a bit of rage, with a hint of cockiness and goofiness. And then he smacks us in the face for never really conceiving that he could be great at not only comedy (and I mean truly great), but specifically at physical comedy, which was the biggest and most delightful surprise. The Lemmon Quaaludes sequence is just… whatever tops perfection.

It’s a vertiginous rise to the top, to heights most of us have never even conceived, let alone aspire to achieve. And thus we’re more than excited to be taken for a ride; for a creative, outrageous, and unapologetic ride. It’s three hours long, and you’ll be laughing every minute of it. But hilarious doesn’t cut it. I wasn’t just laughing, I was nearly hysterical. In fact, by the end of it, I had a massive headache and my cheeks actually hurt – that’s how funny this movie is.
For the physical pain I can thank the writer, Terence Winter, for the incredible, borderline perfect dialogues he wrote; I can thank the actors, not just DiCaprio, McConaughey and Jonah Hill, but every single one of them, for letting loose without losing themselves, which is indisputable proof of great talent; I can also thank Martin Scorsese for one hell of a job in direction – the characters may be completely out of control, but the movie never is, not for a second; and ultimately, I can thank Jordan Belfort himself, for making life stranger than fiction.
There is more I could say, much more, namely about the more serious aspects of it, but I’m running out of words and definitely do not feel like being rational right now. You can listen to me and my fellow chicks discuss and gush over The Wolf of Wall Street on Wednesday, when the next episode of our Across The Universe Podcast comes out.
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  1. Brittani
    January 13, 2014 / 9:07 PM

    Wonderful review! I absolutely loved this movie, and I love it more and more when I hear others talk about it.

    • January 13, 2014 / 10:28 PM

      same here, can’t seem to get enough of it! I know I’ll be watching it again, as soon as it is released on dvd.

  2. January 14, 2014 / 12:51 AM

    Such a good review Sofia! Wolf of Wall Street was unlike anything than I had expected. When I heard of the lewdness I thought it could only mean disaster but I was surprisingly surprised by how great everything came together. 🙂

    • January 14, 2014 / 11:41 AM

      True, despite all the craziness going on, it is superbly structured, so it never feels like a mess.

  3. January 14, 2014 / 11:12 AM

    Excellent review! I can’t wait to see this, I’m finally seeing it on Saturday. I hear its an absolute blast.
    Love the design of your website too.

    • January 14, 2014 / 11:45 AM

      I hope you enjoy it, and I’d agree about the blast! Thank you!

  4. Mettel Ray
    January 14, 2014 / 11:48 AM

    I can’t wait to see this!

    • January 14, 2014 / 11:55 AM

      it sucks that you have to wait that long, I certainly know the feeling, but it’s going to be worth it!

  5. January 15, 2014 / 7:28 AM

    I am unbelieavably excited to see this! So glad Leo won the Globe, too. Lovely review!

    • January 15, 2014 / 1:03 PM

      You’re gonna LOVE it, it’s the most funny and outrageous thing I’ve seen in years. You must watch it at once, Elina!

  6. Josh
    January 19, 2014 / 12:25 AM

    Great review! I was also surprised by this film. Though it was high on my most-anticipated list, I never expected to love it so much. And Leo’s performance was just… wow! Needless to say, I’m rooting for him at the BAFTAs and the Oscars.

    • January 19, 2014 / 12:10 PM

      I am too, he was incredible. I think no one expects what they get from this film, but that’s part of its beauty!

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