The first thing I should tell you is that this film is getting banned – Malaysia and Nepal are refusing to show the film, whilst India, The United Arab Emirates and Lebanon are heavily censoring it. There are even some cinemas in America warning cinema goers that if they’re offended by the film they won’t get a refund. No, this isn’t some ultra gory horror film, it’s Martin Scorsese’s latest offering The Wolf of Wall Street.
Jordan Belfort (Leonardo Di Caprio) is a regular kid from Queens. That is until he gets embroiled in the messed up world of stock broking. With a golden tongue, Jordan starts selling worthless penny shares to unsuspecting investors for thousands of dollars with a 50% commission. Soon he has his own company full of not-so-straight brokers and is earning well into the multi millions. With that much money to spare, what do you spend it on? Hookers, helicopters and all the drugs under sun. With a beautiful wife as well, Jordan is well and truly living the high life – that is until the FBI come sniffing around.
When I say this film is not for the faint-hearted, I really mean it. I don’t think I’ve seen such a mainstream film with quite so much sex, drugs and profanity (but then again, I could have been living an incredibly sheltered life!). The excessive drug taking does come as a shock, but it wouldn’t be the same film – or rather a Scorsese film – without it. Based on the unbelievable true story and book by 80’s Wall Street mogul Jordan Belfort. It’s hard to believe that any of the story actually happened – though judging by the mind bending substances he was taking, I doubt the real Jordan actually knows what was real and what was drug induced!
Scorsese and Di Caprio are a force to be reckoned with and this film shows just how strong the duo are. Di Caprio really takes the character into his own hands, creating a slimy business man with so much charm you can’t help but warm to him. I wouldn’t say that Belfort is a likeable character in the slightest. Some of the things he does are utterly despicable, but the sheer nature of his attitude makes you almost like him – the perfect salesman. The Lemmon scene has to be one of the funniest scenes I have seen in a long time – I laughed the entire way through and it still makes me laugh just thinking about it. I never thought seeing Jonah Hill spitting ham in Leonardo Di Capro’s face would have me in such stitches!
While Di Caprio puts up an Oscar-worthy performance, the support cast also give award winning performances. Margot Robbie plays the stunningly beautiful Naomi – a woman that no man could ever take their eyes off. I’m stunned that she hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar for her role. Her screen presence rivals that of Di Caprio and their on screen chemistry is just magic. She also gets completely naked – something that I think will get plenty of men clamouring to see this film! But don’t worry ladies, we do get to see Leo’s bum – and it’s a mighty fine bum!
The only thing I found that let the film down was some of the graphics. There were a few times where scenes were clearly shot against green screen and backgrounds poorly superimposed on. This, however, is easily forgiven when you see the boat scenes.
For me, this is one of the best films I haven seen in quite a long time. After seeing so much hype from American journalists, I was expecting great things and got great things. This MUST be the year that Leo gets his Oscar otherwise there is a great injustice. I urge you to see this film. Yes you will be shocked, probably offended but there is no denying that this is a fantastic piece of cinema.