Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) | Dipin Nair’s Perspective
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Cristin Milioti, Rob Reiner.
Release Date: 3rd January 2014 (India)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Ratings: 8.8 / 10 (iMDb)
“Was all this legal? Absolutely not!” This Dialogue spoken by Leonardo DiCaprio’s character speaks volumes about the basic setting of this delirious film. Based on the book written by infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort, ’The Wolf Of Wall Street’ is viciously funny and speaks about one of the most turbulent personalities involved in the Wall Street money laundering schemes in the 90’s. The movie is a cinematic glory with all its debauchery, full of life immoral characters with a visionary director at the helm of things! The movie doesn’t speak about the rise of an underdog in the stock market. Instead, it offers an insight into the rise and sudden fall of a drug fuelled, power addicted maniac who worships money and who doesn’t want to be sober even in the most crucial situations!!
The movie offers a first person account of Jordan Belfort who is consumed by the Wall Street’s power of making one rich and forms a new company called ‘STRATTON OAKMONT’ to become a twisted Robin Hood who robs the riches of their millions by defrauding them with fraudulent stock sales and uses it for himself and his wolf pack to rise through the ranks of the Wall Street. It also focuses on his personal life, his addiction for ludes (short for Quaaludes — depressants) and how he craves for them in the most unexpected situations like in the aeroplane and when his yacht tries to sail through the choppy waters!!
The movie has tons of those brilliant sequences that keep playing in your mind even after the movie is wrapped up-the way he tries to bribe the FBI officers indirectly and how he mocks them by offering them ‘cooked lobsters’ and ‘fun coupons’, the way he acts like a cerebral palsy patient when he suffers a drug overdose of Lemmon 714 and drives his Ferrari ramming everything except for humans all the way to his residence-each sequence is more hilarious, shocking and voyeuristic than the previous! There would be some, who would proclaim that the movie endorses criminal acts and drugs, but Scorsese ensures we never pity with the wrongdoings of the character and who cares a damn when the proceedings of the character are this hilarious and funny!! Speaking of the titular character, it is Leonardo DiCaprio at his best since Catch Me If You Can (One of my personal favorite DiCaprio movies).He makes you laugh even when his character literally goes through hell!! His facial expression range from terrific to horrific and the efforts he has taken for this are simply mind-blowing! He deserves an acting honour for his role though the fact can’t be neglected that 2013 has many mentionable Academy Award worth performances.
The movie has a taut screenplay by Terrence Winter and is loaded with black humour! Each character in the movie ranging from Jonah Hill to the lovable Matthew McConaughey (with his hmm umm sort of chest beat sequence) have done justice to their roles and play their parts well!
Martin Scorsese pulls all the stops to enhance the movie watching experience by making the movie hyper energetic, irresistible and charming! And the movie is not without its flaws. It could have been shorter by a good 15-20 minutes and gets a bit repetitive! But one seldom realizes it because of the towering performance of Leonardo DiCaprio who simply sets the screen on fire whenever he is on the screen!!
Verdict – Three wolf howls for Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio for making this New Year special in the form of a gem of a movie like this!! Do not miss it simply since it is a bang for your buck!
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About the Author: +Dipin Nair is an amateur movie critic from Pune well-known for his unique, anti-naturalistic approach towards writing Movie as well as Gadget Reviews. He is currently pursuing his Mechanical Degree from Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, Pune IN.
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