Movie of the Week: The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the big movies of the year! Directed by Martin Scorsese and with amazing performances by Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie, it’s 180 minutes of pure fun, entertainment and a look of what abuse can lead you to….


The movie is based in the autobiography of Jordan Belfort, with the same name as the movie, a tells the story of his success and downfall as a stockbroker in Long Island. How he adopted a lifestyle of sex and drugs, built a company, Stratton Oakmont, based on fraud, and along with his friends and business partners, got into a decadent lifestyle full of prostitutes, orgies, cocaine and quaaludes.


After divorcing from his first wife, marrying his second, fathering 2 children and having more money than he knew what to do with, he got into a scheme in order to put his money safely in Switzerland, given that the FBI was investigating him. In the end, he was caught and to avoid spending more time in prison, rated out on his friends, ending up catching only 36 months of jail time in a minimum security prison.  After his release, he makes a living hosting seminars on sales techniques.


I’ve never been a DiCaprio fan, not even back in Titanic’s times… but I have to admit that he does an amazing job in this movie. Just the scene after he takes the Lemons and gets so high that he can’t even talk or walk, is priceless and incredible credible. Well done!


Jonah Hill is also impressive in the movie, but the guy drew the short end of the stick… from vomiting, to eating a goldfish, to having to “masturbate” in front of everyone… one doesn’t leave the movie with a good image of his character.


Matthew McConaughey’s presence is minimal, although, undoubtedly, this has been a good year for him. But his time on screen and Jon Favreau’s is so minimal, and Favreau is so underuse that it’s a shame…


At some point, I have to admit, that all the nudity and drugs had an adverse affect on me, that is, it stopped being funny or shocking, just distasteful… The very funny scene where Naomi decides to provoke her husband but denies him sex would have been incredible, if it weren’t for the fact that their baby girl was supposedly right there in the crib…


Also worth mentioning that this movie holds the record for the most use of the word “fuck”.

But all and all, well worth spending three hours at the theater to watch this amazing movie.