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.
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An awesome movie but I think as far as sequels go you have to admit they're really stretching the connection to "An American Werewolf in London." Still, really entertaining to watch Leonardo Dicaprio snort coke INTO a hookers asshole. I mean, honestly, I didn't even know that was a thing. I've wasted my life. Also Ive never wanted to do qualudes more than after seeing this.
I think I missed the overall point. *shrug*
"Haters gonna hate" - it's a movie that will be misunderstood by many, but probably for the right reasons, but don't get it wrong people - this is not a glorification of Wall Street and greed. Although the film felt a bit too long and even if this is not the best of the five Marty-Leo films, DiCaprio is sensational. He gets better as he gets older...
Just riveting storytelling. It covers no new thematic ground and it occasionally feels like Scorsese rehashing old work, but I couldn't take my eyes off it. Three hours fly by in what might be the year's funniest film. So many memorable sequences. What's great is that the quiet moments are just as compelling as the loud ones. DiCaprio kills it. Scorsese's best since at least The Aviator, maybe Bringing Out the Dead.
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"