An adaptation of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort’s memoir chronicling his rise and fall on Wall Street. From the American dream to corporate greed, he went from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and and an addiction fueled life of corruption in the late 80s.
This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what's now showing
What's the point to make such a film? We all know that, regularly, money and power allow our most basic instincts to tear up the frail veil of 2500 years of civilization. Even Martin Scorsese can't find an ounce of redemptive behaviour or thoughts in Jordan Belfort. Wall Street is cursed. Already forgotten.
what makes goodfellas great is that ray liotta seems like a normal guy. the whole group of guys in goodfellas seem like normal people that you would meet at a bar. may be it's the uber-WASPy group that was to be protrayed seemed pretty decent except dicaprio. he was the only one that seemed out of place. maybe it's cuz he's too well known at this point.
The Wolf of Wall Street is vastly underrated and goes further than many of Scorsese's previous films dared go, especially his use of unwieldy comedy and mixed media. The scene of Leo's drugged-out departure and drive home was brilliant. Some have criticized the film as a piecemeal 21st Century conglomeration of Scorsese's previous creations, but oh well - it's a pretty good foundation to build upon if you ask me.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Feeling like nothing more than a retelling of Goodfellas (trading blue collar criminals for white), The Wolf of Wall Street had none of Scorsese's trademark bite. For a movie trying to be ballsy, the sack was a little light. But for as much as I appear to be shitting on this movie, I enjoyed it. I laughed through most of it (namely the expired ludes part) & the performances were great.
"Tut, I have done a thousand dreadful things
As willingly as one would kill a fly;
And nothing grieves me heartily indeed
But that I cannot do ten thousand more.” - William Shakespeare "Titus Andronicus"
Martin Scorsese captures our current zeitgeist in this vibrant, bracing, and thrillingly alive retelling of the life of Jordan Belfourt, a crooked Wall Street broker who made millions off unsuspecting investors that he blew on staggering amounts of drugs, prostitutes, and wild parties. Scorsese directs with such verve and vision that he reminds us why he remains one of the best.
Excess begets synthetic excess... Technical competence aside, this is an overextended and repetitive exercise with no examination of the scammed 'victims' of Belfort or even a comment on morality, just a series of crudely drawn vignettes of variable quality. As with a number of Scorsese films in this mode - Casino and Goodfellas spring to mind - one is left with a feeling of a film-maker revelling in the tawdry.
Martin Scorsese at his most outrageous and ferocious. It's unbelievable to see a good American film these days. Also, stellar Di Caprio. As brilliant and outrageous as Jack Nicholson in 'The Departed'.