Movie: The Wolf of Wall Street
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Terence Winter
Rating: ♥ ♥ – Okay
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort
Read the The Wolf of Wall Street book review!
Remind me what it’s about…
Stock fraud, sex and drugs.
Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) is a hotshot stockbroker in the ’90s living a very lucrative and illegal life. He makes millions of dollars a day and lives a caricature of a real life. Every aspect of his life is extraordinarily excessive and oozes extravagance; there’s nothing too lavish or luxurious for Jordan or his wife. Also, everyone is crazy. It’s hard to believe this is based on someone’s actual life.
What did you think?
There’s almost nothing relatable about Jordan or his life. His ridiculous and offensive behavior is like a train wreck, you just can’t look away. But at the same time, train wrecks don’t go on for three hours. There aren’t a lot of movies that can go for three hours and be enjoyable the whole way through (not every movie can be a Titanic or The Departed). Once you get a taste of how ludicrous Jordan’s life is, it starts to feel repetitive. There’s only so much drugs, nudity and stock fraud you can take before it gets old and tired.
Was it a good adaption?
Ehh. The book was a lot easier to digest than the movie and a lot more interesting. Any time Jordan starts to talk about what he’s actually doing to get away with fraud, he just says something like “I’m not going to bore you with the hard facts, just know that it is super illegal.” When reading the book, I found the “how” really interesting, it also showed just how smart Jordan was. It was a way to get a good look inside the workings of Jordan’s brilliantly corrupt brain. Another pro of reading about the legal details, is that it was a break from all the insanity. Since that was excluded from the movie, you never get a break from the circus of sex and drugs.
Should I watch it?
I wouldn’t watch it again. I mostly just watched because it was nominated for Best Picture and I’ll watch almost anything if Leo’s there. If you’re into critically-acclaimed three hour long shit shows, you can buy The Wolf of Wall Street DVD on Amazon.
Here’s the trailer: