Thursday, 23 January 2014

The Wolf Of Wall Street (Review)

 

Being a greedy arsehole isn't normally a quality you find in a film's lead character but Leonardo DiCaprio's character in The Wolf Of Wall Street has taken to being a greedy arsehole to the extreme.

Leonardo plays Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker from the 1980s who's only interest is maximising his profit. His lifestyle and the style of the film on the whole was similar to watching a rapper in a music video. Large chunks of the film seemed to ignore the plot while instead we watched Jordan and his friends boast about how wealthy they are as they take drugs and laze around in yachts. Both me and my friend spent most of the film wondering when something was going to happen or go wrong but nothing ever really did. They basically got away with being extremely greedy arseholes and doing whatever the hell they wanted.

Party And Bullshit
Don't get me wrong sometimes his drug-driven escapades were funny even if the only source of humour was how ridiculously self-obsessed Jordan was. In one memorable scene he takes so many drugs they he can't even walk to his car. I laughed out load a couple times but this sense of humour isn't really aimed at someone like me because most of the time I was distracted by how pathetically self-absorbed Jordan was.

Jonah Hill Is SuperBad
Personally I can't watch another film featuring Jonah Hill. His annoying brand of smutty awkward comedy is starting to really grate on me. And with a terrible 80s haircut and stupidly white teeth he becomes the perfect hate figure in this film. Watching him and Leonardo acting like idiots while shitting on other people to get to the top made me feel sick with anger. 

The Story Of A Stockbroker
The story starts with Jordan trying to get his first job as a stockbroker which made me wonder why director Martin Scorsese didn't show us more of his background. Maybe if we had seen more about his upbringing we would have discovered why he became so money hungry. Although a few of the conversations he had with his dad in the film did give us a clue, it would have been a good contrast to see more of what his life was like before he became super-rich.

Angry Audience
Audiences go to the cinema to feel many different emotions, whether it be happy, scared or sad but The Wolf Of Wall Street only made me feel angry and anger is such an unpleasant feeling I would usually try to avoid it. That a character like Jordan Belfort - who is driven only by his selfish desires - could get everything he wants made my skin crawl. That was clearly the intention of the film - to make Jordan as unlikeable as possible and then let you know that him (and his ilk) got away with it. But the only problem in this scenario, was that it felt like Scorsese was actually celebrating Jordan's obnoxiousness and rubbing the audience's faces in it. Jordan didn't seem to care that his life was totally empty.

Leonardo didn't disappoint. He managed to make a rather cartoonish character seem totally real. But while I think he deserved an Oscar nomination for his performance I can't help hoping he doesn't win, because I think he's made much better films than this. 

I feel this film was meant to be making some kind of back-handed social comment about the western world's obsession with wealth and living the high life - but it was so back-handed that sometimes the film seemed like more of a showcase promoting the world of greed and excess that it was supposed to be condemning. 

And no film should ever be three hours long. My ass is still sore.

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1 comment:

  1. It's becoming a cliche to say this, but dicaprio gives an oscar winning performance. Told like goodfellas, the wolf of Wall Street is 3 hour epic about greed and money. A terrific film by a legendary director

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