Monday, December 30, 2013

“The Wolf of Wall Street” Review: Scorsese exceeds with excess

My Review
Martin Scorsese pushes the boundaries of an R-rated film with “The Wolf of Wall Street”. There are tons of debauchery in this film ranging from over one-hundred f-bombs to graphic sex and nudity to showing the effects of Quaaludes. Indeed, “Wolf” should be seen only by adults. I don’t know how this film escaped an NC-17 rating. 

“Wolf” is the raunchiest film I’ve seen all year and it is a riot to watch. This film could offend some folks with the pervasive language, sex, and drugs.

Based on the memoir of the same name, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a stockbroker who bends all the rules of Wall Street to get wealthy. Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) quits his job to work with Belfort. The men start a firm Stratton Oakmont to become billionaires. Belfort cheats and divorces his wife Teresa (Cristin Milioti). He marries Naomi Lapaglia (Margot Robbie). Belfort and Azoff have sex with prostitutes and take drugs constantly. In short, “Wolf” is about excess and then some.

DiCaprio delivers a stunning performance. Hill provides an outstanding performance. Robbie almost steals the show with a bold personality.

The script by Terence Winter is entertaining and immersive. By the end of this film, you’ll be begging for more – one more hour of all hell breaks loose. Scorsese pulls this off seamlessly that you may be rooting for Belfort.

The editing and pacing are perfect, thanks to Scorsese’s longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker. “Wolf” doesn’t feel like three hours for most of the time. It is the fastest three hours you could have at the cinema.

“Wolf” is over excessive throughout, but this makes the film exceptional. It will make you reflect on our society. You may ask yourself questions like this: Am I greedy? Do I help others in need?

Beneath the debauchery are heavy-handed messages which aren’t directly stated to you: Money doesn't get you everything such as love. Drugs make the situation worse. You should only have sex with your wife if you're truly in love. Do not do illegal acts on Wall Street. Do not lie to your co-workers because they will eventually find out the truth. Think about the consequences of your actions.

Scorsese did it again so marvelously. “Wolf” may not be a classic, but it is a relevant film. A                                                       


  1. This one is still on my radar. Good to know it's a fast three hours though!

  2. I'm looking forward to watching this movie!

  3. After reading about all the f-bombs and sex scenes, I wondered if there was any plot to the movie at all. If you say it's good, I believe it!

    My son read in a review that Scorsese called in favors from people on the ratings board to get his R. He must have done something!

  4. Hi Livia, I'm popping in to wish you a happy, peaceful and productive 2014!
    Take care.
    Writer In Transit

  5. I've heard this was a good film in a season of excellent ones. Guess I'll have to see it to find out. Hope your year is great so far.

  6. A friend and I are seeing it next Monday - I'm looking forward to it for sure :)