I recently watched The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Martin Scorsese’s latest film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. This is a 2013 film based on the memoir of the actual Jordan Belfort. Back in the 1990’s, he was a NY stockbrocker who ran a investment firm that was eventually prosecuted for securities fraud and overall a whole lotta corruption. The film has a pretty interesting supporting cast, namely: Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Cristin Milioti, and Jon Favreau, Yeah, Rob Reiner of all people.
The film depicts the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort. Although the plot and themes are fairly basic in itself (rise and fall of a person, the corruption that comes with fame and fortune), Leonardo DiCaprio sells the entire movie. There is a pretty good supporting cast in this whirlwind tale, but he is the center. He’s the heart of the firm, the star that everyone revolves around. And he really sells all of the charisma and the character faults.
My only beef is that this is a long film, clocking in at nearly three hours. It’s hard to sit down and watch one film for that long. I ended up watching this over the course of two weeks. You should watch this film, but keep the kids away, and anyone easily offended by strong language, female nudity, secular scenes, heavy drug use, and did I mention the strong language?