The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street ★★★½

Honestly this is quite a chore. Three hours of relentless booze, drugs, naked girls, sex/orgies and talky shit—Martin Scorsese’s autobiographical film that follows the rise and fall of stockbroker Jordan Belfort is undeniably manic and entertaining, but somehow leaves a bloated feeling. This is a film about excess, and indeed Scorsese manages to bring that fun and indulgence to the table with its epic running time. Yet with its expansive length, I felt that the film could be trimmed maybe 30 minutes or so. There are events in the film that is kind of unnecessary and some of it are ambiguously done though it never feels dragging. The raucous tone of the film slightly overpowers the film’s need for restraint, most especially, the final hour that focuses on Belfort’s fall.

This is admirably Leonardo DiCaprio’s finest performance to date. DiCaprio’s sensational, hilarious, physical tour-de-force performance is riveting to watch. His comedic timing as well as his dynamic physical comedy are on point. While DiCaprio’s sense of vulnerability is still right there which is important, most especially in this kind of overbearing film. Along with the help of Jonah Hill whose supporting performance is uproarious and terrific, their indelible chemistry are quite match made in heaven. Actress on the rise Margot Robbie makes a stunning impression, yet I have still major reservations on Scorsese’s look on his women characters. Robbie added more substance to her character’s supposedly one-note ‘wife’ character. Also Matthew McConaughey’s cameo performance is just a killer, bravo!

Overall, The Wolf of Wall Street is undeniably fun, and entertaining. Though in my opinion, this is Scorsese’s best output in recent years, but not the real masterpiece Scorsese that I’m expecting. One thing’s for sure, this film will count as one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s best screen performances, or maybe the finest of his career.

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