New York City thrives on wealth. In the heart of NYC, on Wall Street, the city and wealth clash, like two men fighting to the death. With a beautiful metropolitan landscape rich in imagery, painting the city with immense visual appeal, one will marvel at the sights, and of humanity destroying its finest principles one sale at a time.
Enter Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), a man who starts out humble and becomes the exact opposite of that. Ambition and greed drive him, and they take him to the top. His partner in crime (literally) is played by Jonah Hill. Hill gives an exceptional performance, and the Oscar nod is well deserved. Belfort’s persuasion, schemes and strong social connections skyrocket him up the social ladder. Interestingly enough, most men that make it to the top, are subtle, low key, etc. Belfort, on the other hand, is one of the most reckless people imaginable to climb up the economic ladder, and naturally he falls all the way down.
Leonardo DiCaprio gives a fantastic performance and plays the part of a vicious vituperative drug addicted Wall Street corporate sleazebag to perfection. Although he has acted masterfully in many other roles, this one will be a noteworthy addition to his career. In character: with no regard to making sure the people who invest are pleased, treating women properly instead of like meat, and plenty of siphoning funds and money laundering, eventually the wolf gets surrounded by a circle of pointed guns, and has to face the music. Thus pleasing many of the disturbed viewers who felt his character was too abrasive, irrational and feral to be running things, let alone walking freely. Time to pay the piper.
Greed is the theme of this picture. However, other movies have outperformed this film in that concept (There Will Be Blood comes to mind). It certainly paints an ugly picture though. In regards to nudity, this film is composed of plenty of highly titillating imagery, though that comes naturally with constant sin.
This is without question a film that some people will walk out of, or not make it to the end of, the depravity of its nature is definitely a slap to the face, especially if one has a lack of exposure to such subject matter. Corruption, greed, playfulness, reckless behavior and the cruel intentions of Wall Street are in the spotlight. Credit Martin Scorsese with directing another dark picture full of intensity and unforgettable characters you would not want to ever cross paths with. Terence Winter continues to strengthen his resume as a writer; and he is borderline masterful, due to him penning episodes of The Sopranos, creating and writing episodes of Boardwalk Empire, and now this.
Fantastic cinematography, exceptional writing, and intriguing characters compliment this film. It gets under your skin, which is possibly another strength, but to this reviewer, is its greatest weakness.
This reviewer highly recommends viewing this film to all who aren’t sensitive. When you do, you’ll be greeted warmly with a promising call by….
DiCaprio’s slick Wall Street monster, at your service.