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Scorsese takes aim at the greed of Wall St via a true story w/1 of DiCaprio's best roles
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2019
The Wolf Of Wall Street was directed by Martin Scorsese and based upon the true story of Jordan Belfort who recalled his rise and fall as a stockbroker. Belfort had everything. A former model for a wife. A huge house, cars, jets, a yacht. A multi-million dollar business, drugs, hookers, etc. and then everything came apart. That’s what the film is about. It was a tale of greed and excess by the rich who believed they could do anything they wanted because they had money and power.
The ensemble cast stands out. Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort is charming and outrageous at the same time. He acts like he’s bulletproof. His partner Donnie played by Jonah Hill and the other members of his original crew look like a bunch of nobodies but are hilarious in their stupidity and how they were willing to do nearly anything.
It also talks about how the Stock Market is a con job. His first boss Mark Hanna played by Matthew McConaughey told him his main job was to make money for himself by manipulating clients while having all the sex and drugs he could along the way. That was a lesson he would remember for the rest of his life. Belfort would take that to extremes by selling penny stocks, shares in small businesses that were just starting that no one had ever heard of to working class people and then the middle class and rich. He became a multi-millionaire in the process selling junk.
Finally the movie is full of hilarious moments. Most of those are drug induced. For instance Belfort takes some drugs and has to drive home but he can’t talk and he can barely walk. He finally gets into his sports car and drives home only to be arrested later on and sees that he crashed his car into nearly everything on the way home.
It’s a great movie with one of DiCaprio’s best roles. It’s got an important lesson and will make you laugh at the same time about what Belfort and his compatriots were able to get away with.