Sunday, January 04, 2015

The Wolf of Wall Street (9/10)

I love Martin Scorsese! From the first shot of Goodfellas (the first Scorsese film I ever saw), I have been a huge fan and he has never disappointed.

This movie is based on the real life story of Jordan Belfort, a corrupt Wall Street Stockbroker. It charts his rise to wealth through aggressive sales techniques and downright corrupt practices. It depicts his highly decadent lifestyle filled with drugs and prostitutes. It is filled with swearing, so much so that hardly a minute goes by without an expletive.

I love it because all this decadence is portrayed extremely artfully by Scorsese. Despite showing this completely over the top lifestyle of the protagonist, the film itself never ever loses credibility and avoids descending into a farce. This exquisite control over something portraying a completely out-of-control protagonist is what I admire the most. The acting is uniformly great, from di Caprio as this larger than life character, Jonah Hill as his trusted friend and partner to Kyle Chandler who plays the understated FBI agent tracking Belfort. The icing on the cake is Matthew McConaughey, who is wonderful in a short cameo.

Great movie!

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