Don’t read this if you haven’t watched Wolf of Wall Street…unless you want to spoil the movie for yourself or have no plan to ever see it…in which case I declare you crazy.
First off, I’d like to say that this movie was one of the best movies I have seen in a really long time. The acting was phenomenal…Leonardo DiCaprio was truly sensational as he impersonated Jordan Belfort living the ultimate hedonistic lifestyle. I not only believed every word DiCaprio said, but I also felt every word reverberate through his entire body. There wasn’t even an inch of him that stepped out of character. His talent is undeniable.
The movie took me through a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings towards Jordan Belfort. Somehow, and I’m really not sure how, but despite the despicability of Belfort’s actions throughout the movie, I still had a weird admiration for him…and I really can’t explain why. This admiration did however suddenly diminish when DiCaprio hit his wife in the stomach. Belfort claimed that this didn’t actually happen in real life…but I’m not completely sold. Hitting his wife didn’t seem too far out of his capabilities. And when I watched an interview with the real live Jordan Belfort acting as Jordan Belfort…I also somewhat lost respect for him…but when DiCaprio was acting as Jordan Belfort…fuck…he captured my attention from the second he stepped on screen.
I’d have to say that in general this movie changed my perspective of Wall Street. Now I’m not saying that I think all of Wall Street releases 50 hookers into their offices on a regular Friday afternoon…but I would believe that hookers are served up on the side of their entrées every now and then. After a stressful week as a stock broker I can see how they could be drawn to alcohol, drugs, and strippers to release the tension… But seeing it on-screen just seemed so surreal.
Speaking of strippers…was anyone else mesmerized by Margot Robbie’s performance as DiCaprio’s second wife? Its women like that who lower the self-esteem of women around the globe. And that accent…jeeze! Then I found out that she is only 23 years old…and that’s when my heart got caught in my throat and made me choke. I can’t even imagine what she must have looked like at age 15!
Now, did anyone else find it weird that they chose Dustin Hoffman’s son to play Steve Madden even though he looks nothing like the real life Steve Madden? Nonetheless, I still think he did a good job with the role…a little too nerdy…but still good.
Was anyone else overwhelmed by the amount of young men in suits in this movie? In high school my favorite day was Thursday because that’s when the football team wore suits to school…or at least a button down shirt with a tie. Anyways…just think about all those starving actor extras who played one of the hundreds of business guys in all the office scenes. But heck, they got to be in the same room as DiCaprio…I’d fucking starve for that too.
I wonder how much money Matthew McConaughey got to act like an ape and talk about his masturbating habits. I was kinda sad that he didn’t have a larger role…but nonetheless he still made his small, ape-like role amusing.
My rating for this movie is 9.5/10. I would give it a 10 but limits should always be endless. A 9.5 is as high as anything with the human touch can go because we have to remember to always leave room for the next genius. You know you’ve seen a great movie when the first thing you think when you leave the theater is, I can’t wait to see it again!
If you haven’t seen it yet, you should!
Until next time,
Drink, dance, laugh, and love…sans hookers and ludes.