Have you ever wished you could be a multi-millionaire? Have you ever dreamed of an enormous mansion, a super-expensive car and people serving you? A yacht? Your own helicopter maybe?
Martin Scorsese's new film, The Wolf of Wall Street, will make you change your mind and appreciate the fact that you are not one of the wealthiest people on the planet. Scorsese has managed to sum up what ambition, greed and corruption can do to a person who is unscrupulous when it comes to lying and exploiting other people so as to accumulate as much wealth possible, without a second thought about the repercussions of his actions. He "sells garbage to garbage" in a twisted version of the American dream in the land of opportunity. The film is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort who is played by my all time favorite, Leonardo Dicaprio.
If you are like me and haven't really understood how Wall Street works, this movie is a great way to get an insider's look at the absurdity of it all. Belfort is the omniscient narrator and he addresses the viewer directly. It is amazing how his way of telling the story is so pleasant, but the viewer still cannot empathize with him. Scorsese manages to make the megalomaniac Belfort ridicule himself, which may not have been what the real Belfort was aiming at by writing his two memoirs. Be prepared for abundant sex, drugs and wild partying; you will probably feel disgusted, you will probably get the urge to facepalm yourself more than a few times and you will probably laugh a lot, too. There were moments when I felt I was watching The Great Gatsby with Gatsby/Belfort as a degenerate who is driven by his love of money instead of by his love for Daisy.
Leonardo DiCaprio is an extremely talented actor. We know that anyway. With his performance as Jordan Belfort his acting skills take off. Words cannot really describe how astonishing he is. There were scenes where I felt like giving him a standing ovation. I do hope he wins the Golden Globe and I want to see him nominated for an Oscar this year, too.
The rest of the cast is astounding, as well. Each and every one performance is a vital piece of this great movie. Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Rob Reiner and Kyle Chandler give it their best.
The soundtrack doesn't go unnoticed, either.
Do not miss The Wolf of Wall Street!