Acez’s review published on Letterboxd:
A comedic epic that studies the behavior and cultures of a time in America, feels like the uncovering of a time capsule that was buried and dug up to give insight into the current financial crisis. Much more than just laughs, it turns on the dramatic elements early enough in the film to warrant considerable reactions about the choices of our key characters.
Scorsese keeps Wolf life-size, sprinkled with characters that are both geniuses and morons, but functioning morons. They're like that frat pack group that sat in a corner on the college campus, being loud and obnoxious, and made terrible life choices that they still aren't aware of until this day.
A lot of the credit of the film's overall success has to be awarded to Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo's turn as Jordan Belfort is filled with personality and charm, famished for that Academy Award. Jonah Hill gives a fine performance as Donnie Azoff, Belfort's magnetic and cheesy-minded right-hand man, allowing him to explore some of his comedic ticks and beats. And Margot Robbie, goddamn Margot Robbie. It's love, y'all.
Terence Winter's script is a natural and well-oiled machine that perfectly adapts the words of the demigod that is Jordan Belfort. You couldn't make these things up. Thelma Schoonmaker's contribution is fantastic, as always; a dedicated and glossed editing work. One of the finest of the year.
Michael Bay, take note: this is how you make a black comedy, a satire, etc.