Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
Well this is just a bloody riot! One of the funniest films I’ve seen in a while, and one of the quickest 3 hour spells I’ve went through. As mentioned in some previous reviews, the film makes no effort to apologise for Belfort’s behaviour and the people that suffered because of his actions, and it does have an abhorrent attitude towards women. But to some extent, that’s why it works so well. We are viewing Belfort’s life as it happened, and as the audience, Scorsese is challenging us to watch this and judge his actions for ourselves, and whilst he was clearly a horrible person, by god his life was entertaining. Di Caprio is very, very good as Belfort, his easy charisma a perfect match, and the supporting cast is led well by Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and Rob Reiner. The film covers Belfort’s life, from his first job on Wall Street, through his years swindling ordinary people, to his time in jail and new career as a motivational speaker. It’s an absurd tale of excess and the corrupting nature of money, and the film pulls no punches in covering all of the horrendous things Belfort and co done, but as a viewer, this is enthralling and an absolute thrill to watch!
Directed By: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler and Matthew McConaughey