The Wolf of Wall Street - Review
The Wolf Of Wall Street – December 25, 2013 (10/10)
The Wolf Of Wall Street is a movie that can only be pulled off by Martin Scorsese. The cast, story, pacing and entertainment value never disappoints during its 3-hour runtime. I haven’t seen such an engaging film since Goodfellas. The perfect execution of this epic tale puts The Wolf Of Wall Street as my front-runner for Best Picture.
There are a number of similarities between The Wolf Of Wall Street and Goodfellas. I’ll get into those details in the spoiler section below. But both movies are based on true stories, which makes these films that much more amusing and compelling. This gives the audience a chance to either live vicariously through the characters or to learn from their mistakes and accomplishments.
My favorite thing about The Wolf Of Wall Street is the raw and unapologetic look at sex, drugs, corruption and manipulation. Nothing in this movie is tamed down for audiences. You can clearly see why this was originally rated NC-17. Many critics thought the movie was glamorizing this lifestyle. But that reaction comes from the fact that the story is fun to watch. The film doesn’t pull any punches and brings these harsh realities to life.
The cast is absolutely perfect. Everyone slips into their roles seamlessly and there isn’t one person who feels out of place. I can see Leonardo DiCaprio or Jonah Hill getting nominated for their roles, but I don’t think they could win. The women in this movie are fantastic as well. Not only are they insanely beautiful, but they can act too – a rare combination.
Overall, The Wolf Of Wall Street is another epic masterpiece by Martin Scorsese. The rise of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) and the events that follow show the real-life joys and consequences of absolute power corrupting absolutely. After you see the movie, check out the spoiler section below to see the similarities to Goodfellas. And before you see the movie, make sure you go to the bathroom.
The Wolf Of Wall Street and Goodfellas share the same story structure. Since both movies are based on true stories, it means these people’s downfalls come from the same result of too much power and money. Here is a plot summary that fits both films: An ambitious young man climbs the hierarchy of his organization and rises to power. After abusing this new power, he becomes embroiled with the FBI. To reduce his sentence, the young man becomes an informant and betrays his friends.
So between the two movies, you get a chance to see this play out within the The Mob and Wall Street. I don’t have a problem with their parallels because it shows the reality of criminal power. I’m still debating which movie I like better. But The Wolf Of Wall Street has a slight advantage with the beautiful naked women.
I also enjoyed the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio transforms into the person he once rejected. At the beginning of the movie, you see him question Matthew McConaughey on his business practices and drug use. Then slowly but surely, DiCaprio turns into McConaughey and even adapts his war drum chant. It’s the perfect evolution of a character.