“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a stockbroker“
Meet Jorden Belford a man with high ambition to become filthy rich. The Wolf of Wall Street is crazy, stylised and completely unapologetic and shameless. Prepare for three hours of utter madness and twisted hilarity as you witness Belford’s life spin wildly out of control. Martin Scorsese spends most of the films three hours focusing on the high life of Belford, who’s gained so much money from a questionable business ethics that he literally does not know what to do with it.
Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Jorden Belford a stock broker who cares very little for the destruction which he leaves in his wake. Even when everything begins to crash around him there is zero remorse, is it possible for someone to care so little? I suppose when we’re talking about Wall Street it is entirely possible. Belford doesn’t come across as a very deep or complicated character as his daily routine contains him taking an excessive amount of drugs and hiring an obscene amount of hookers while he explains the details to the audience via narration. But I can’t say expected much else, The Wolf of Wall Street is what it was always advertised to be and it certainly lived up to expectations.
Belford starts up in a reputable firm and is even asked to lunch with Mark Hanna, played by Matthew McConaughey, who is sadly only in the film for the span of about 15 minutes. His appearance may have only been a short one but it shall be remembered, mainly due to the chest thumping scene. In my personal opinion his character was rather underused, it would have been wonderful to have seen him gain some added screen time.
The situation develops as black Monday swoops down and destroys the business. As soon Belford gets his foot in the door the same one slams it back out again, he’s out of a job with nothing on the horizon until he decides to kick start his own business with a selection of friends. He’s discovered a perfect way to rip people off using both penny stocks and his most charming and convincing telephone voice. Belford goes from an empty garage to a tower building bursting with people who are begging for a chance to work for him.
It’s about mid-way through the film when the FBI finally come knocking on the door of Stratton. You would assume that this would take centre stage now but in actual fact it doesn’t, we know they’re there but they seem to be on the back pedal for much of the film. I thought this was really unfortunate, Patrick Denham played by Kyle chandler is the lead FBI agent on this case and there’s a rather tense scene between him and Belford questioning who’s really got the upper hand here and Belford soon realises that it may not be him this time.
One of the most hilarious moments in The Wolf of Wall Street for me involved the out of date Lemmons, the realisation that he has taken way more than advised had me bursting with laughter straight away as he struggled to string a sentence together. An otherwise simple act of getting into his car turns into what felt like a life or death journey as he slowly crawls to the steps which he then decides to roll down head first. The scene was silent for all but DiCaprio narration which made it even better, you could actually feel the concentration as he dragged himself across the ground.
Jonah Hill portrays Donnie Azoff, who was originally Belfords neighbour and has now become one of his main business partners. You assume that they will stick through everything together no matter what happens in the future but Donnie isn’t exactly what he seems (a slimy stockbroker that is). But this should hardly be surprising for Belford as he already stated that “There are no friends on Wall Street”.
The Wolf of Wall Street is exactly what I expected, its side splittingly funny, extremely entertaining even with its length reaching three hours, it is a whirlwind of booze, sex, crime and drugs. The Wolf of Wall Street Revels in its blatant debauchery and is an absolute riot.
Favourite Quote “This right here is the land of opportunity. This is America. This is my home. The show goes on. They’re gonna need to send in the National Guard to take me out, cos I ain’t going nowhere! “