Martin Scorsese has gone all out for the animal of a film ‘Wolf of wall street’ is, and it shows. Growling with greed and glorifying corruption, the film over-indulges in status symbols, sex and drugs, and if a particular select from the soundtrack is pulled off to describe the movie, none shall be more apt than Meth Lab Zoso Sticker, that too on dope, of course. Prostitutes are categorized into ranks, there’s too much of humiliating sequences displayed on the screen, and that’s when you know that the dollar fluff has been laced in honest stuff. Too honest, to be precise. But it’s Scorcese behind the camera, so we rest assured that entertainment shall be gradually seeing the light- which it does, and when it does it makes an amazing blazing watch.
Pumping up heavy on immorality, the film charts the adventurous life of the 90s stockbroker-scammer Jordan Belfort (played brilliantly by Leonardo DiCaprio), who with his accomplices swindles small-time investors and gets rich. This ill-gotten richness is then invested in a lifestyle that involves lots of money, honey-bunny and narcotics- and Scorcese has filmed all these raw, as if he put the camera straight in the barn. Belfort’s bleak personal life is highlighted much, including the segment when he breaks of all relations with his wife to marry his trophy mistress. The movie tracks Belfort’s humble origins to his notoriety, and does it all with an entertainment quotient high throughout.
The characters have been neatly sketched, thanks to Scorsese’s casting genius. DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill and Jean Dujardin pull brilliant performances, and it won’t be wrong to state that this has to be DiCaprio’s most prolific performance since the Titanic. To compliment the brilliance in these performances are the dialogues by Terence Winter- a delightful feast through the entire three-hour movie run.
My personal favorite scene from the movie is the long repartee exchanged between DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, where both go high – a mode better described in their own terms as ‘cerebral palsy mode’. Hilarious to the extreme, this particular piece will pain your jaw with loud guffaws you let trough it. Also, it may potentially go down in history as Scorcese’s best shot segment. The awesome Rodrigo Prieto with his awesome cinematographic skills paints rich and gaudy colors in this film. Totally top-notch.
This movie won’t be the perfect fodder for the morally inclined audience, but even they might enjoy a few laughs surrounding the Wall Street mentality. Capitalism is a bitch, deal with it. Laugh at it.
Overall Rating: 4/5
PS- I haven’t read the book on which this film is based, but having watched the film, it’s just a matter of days before I finish reading the book. That’s how good the film is.