Auteur’s review published on Letterboxd:
Watching this for the second time I started thinking about my twelfth grade AP English class, and my teacher clutching at the air in attempts to get us all to push harder and bring more energy to our class readings of Shakespearean plays. This film is the definition of more. There is no way anybody in this film could have given anything more to their performances.
For the first time ever I cannot imagine another actor playing the character that Leonardo DiCaprio plays. His performance is one of the all-time greats. Not even Robert De Niro in his prime could have pulled off what he does during that Steve Madden IPO speech. And his final speech at Stratton Oakmont is the best of its kind since Orson Welles stood on the staircase screaming “I’m Charles Foster Kane.”