#REVIEW: “THE WOLF OF WALL STREET”
Subject matter aside, there is little not to like about Visionary Martin Scorcese‘s latest Masterpiece, The Wolf of Wall Street. The Film based on the Memoir by former Stockbroker-turned-Motivational Speaker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), certainly will raise an eyebrow or two. Whether or not it consciously chooses to glamourize the copious amount of greed, womanizing and drug and alcohol-induced binges we see on-screen, admittedly we find ourselves deeply entrenched in Belfort‘s world. Even at his lowest point, we recognize he is a Fighter and while the Legal System closing upon him, we hope still for a victory and redemption. His Story is so wrong, yet oh so right.
DiCaprio has become a Muse of sorts for Scorcese, this being their fifth Collaboration together and arguably most entertaining. He carries much of the Film on his own and like the rises and falls of the Stock Market, through his eyes we get to taste the Champagne and bitter taste of his defeats all the way from his impressionable early days to his incarceration. The one-time Growing Pains Star unquestionably is compelling in perhaps his best work yet, in what has amounted to a largely celebrated Body of Work.
Australian Import Margot Robbie as Belfort‘s buxom Wife Naomi is enamouring, the limits of her patience tested by her Husband’s hard-partying, risk-taking ways. Jonah Hill as Belfort‘s fumbling, hot-headed Confidante Donnie Azoff is delightfully funny, but his bond with DiCaprio‘s Belfort perhaps is one of the most endearing qualities of this often cruel Film. Friday Night Lights’ Kyle Chandler gets a Plum Role as the hot-on-Belfort‘s-heels Patrick Denham.
The Wolf of Wall Street also is chalk full of phenomenal Supporting Performances including Oscar-winning Jean Dujardin as American-hating Swiss Banker Jean-Jacques Saurel, the trusting Joanna Lumley as Aunt Emma, Rob Reiner as Max Belfort (Jordan‘s Father), Matthew McConaughey as the charismatic Mark Hanna and promising Stage Actress Cristin Milioti as Belfort‘s first Wife, Teresa Petrillo.
Paramount Pictures releases The Wolf of Wall Street, now in theatres.