The Wolf of Wall Street Review

The Wolf of Wall Street Review by Chris McCarron

The Wolf of Wall Street Cast and Crew:

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writers:  Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort (book)
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie

The Wolf of Wall Street Plot Synopsis:

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street charts his rise as a wealthy stockbroker who makes his fortune from selling penny stocks. His love for living the high life leads to him becoming involved crime, corruption and the federal government.

The Wolf of Wall Street Trailer

The Wolf of Wall Street Review by Chris McCarron

Writing a negative review about movies, comic-books or anything else covered by this website is great fun. Let’s face it, it’s far easier to bitch and moan about all of the different things that we don’t like than to praise the achievements or intentions of others. At times, we need to vent and for many reviewers their publication or associated website is a form of therapy.

It can sometimes be difficult to acclaim material or to write a positive review without spoiling any surprises or to pad out an opinion by focusing on minor quibbles and complaints. Sadly, many reviewers let their opinionated egos interfere with what’s truly important: is it any good?

To avoid further padding or expression of my opinionated ego, I would like to state that The Wolf of Wall Street is a marvelous film, It’s not very often that a film that is in essence a Frat House comedy, could ever be declared as cinematic gold. However, it is not only hilarious, but often touching, heartbreaking and fueled by scintillating performances that rivals any Oscar contender.

The events depicted on film are so outlandish and over the top that the only logical conclusion for audiences to come to is that this is not an exaggerated story. Afterall, this is a film based on a true story that was written by a stockbroker. It’s inconceivable to think that a man who spent his career dealing in numbers and profit margins could create such an exhilarating and creative story. Furthermore, any sane scriptwriter would never hyperbolize the events of the book to such epic proportions that they risk bordering on the absurd and breaking the audience’s belief in the film.

It is rare for audiences to root for drug addicted characters that are driven by their greed for wealth, public sex and domination over the working man. Our delight in each act of depravity further adds to the charm and attraction of the characters and after each drug induced motivational speech, we want to join Belford’s stockbroker minions by standing up in the theater pounding our chest while celebrating our new hero. It’s at this point that I would like to give into my geeky temptations, to write about the many standout scenes with excitement and glee. However, I will not give into temptation and simply state that The Wolf of Wall Street will soon become a part of popular culture.

Unlike Scorses’s earlier work, The Wolf of Wall Street, is not a film composed of subtle performances, stylistic lighting or unusual camera angles. Instead, the most dramatic technique used is the introduction of a series of historical clips that have an aspect ratio of 4:3. Each clip helps to propel the story forward while establishing the plot’s setting. However, they also have a nostalgic flare to them that helps to transport the viewer back to the 1980s.

My only criticism of The Wolf of Wall Street is that the film concludes in a similar way to Goodfellas. It is somewhat difficult to cover the film’s ending in a review, yet I do wish that events took a different direction. This criticism is perhaps unfair. The final third of the film adds to the drama of the story and includes real events explored by the source material. My wish for the film to have an alternate ending is mostly due to my love of the characters which is a testament to its outstanding performances, wonderful script writing and glorious directing.

In conclusion, I ask that you stop reading this review and head straight to your local cinema.You’ll be captivated by its performances, explode with laughter and leave the theater looking for someone to talk with about the film. It really is that good!

Chris McCarron

I'm an angry Scotsman, fanatical about Doctor Who with a savage hunger for comic-books and an unrivalled passion for video games. Owner of GoGoChimp