Director: Martin Scorsese
I was a little underwhelmed by The Wolf of Wall Street. It was way too long to make for comfortable viewing resulting in a numb bum and lots of fidgeting on my part. And usually I’m such a fan of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. I was expecting it to be a bit of a riot but it turned out to be rather overblown. It was just too ridiculous to comprehend at times and yet that was the lifestyle Jordan Belfort was actually living. It kind of beggars belief. That’s not to say there weren’t some good points to the film.
Jonah Hill is continuing to go from strength to strength as an actor having moved past the awkward teen comedies of the start of his career. Even while looking like a complete tool in a way too many-colored shirt and those impressive teeth he commands your attention – no easy thing to do when sharing the screen with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Leonardo DiCaprio is as usual brilliant. By all accounts his character, Jordan Belfort, is a complete asshole and yet you are still drawn to him. He is charming and charismatic with easy ready smiles and very much the gift of the gab. Belfort could sell you your own kidney and you’d never even realize it, you’d even thank him for it. He sucks you into the whirlwind that is his excessive lifestyle, going from one ridiculous situation to the next without really ever questioning the legality of them. DiCaprio is probably the only person who could carry off this role, there is an intensely amiable quality to every role I have ever seen him in. It would be only fitting if this was finally the year when he moved from being an Oscar Nominee to an Oscar Winner.
I have to say my favorite moment was when Belfort and Donnie Azoff take ancient ‘ludes’ – the result is hysterical and tip-top acting, especially physically, on both accounts. It was the only real laugh out loud moment in the whole film for me. While the film was outrageous there were moments that felt as though they had been tamed down. Like I say I was just a bit underwhelmed with the whole thing. It may be the sort of film that grows on me with multiple viewings – I hope it is because it is some stellar acting from everyone involved.