Sex, drugs and a f#*& tonne of money!
|Leonardo Di Caprio as f#*&ing Jordan Belfort|
|Margot Robbie as f#*&ing Naomi Belfort|
|Jonah Hill as f#*&ing Donnie Azoff|
|Matthew McConaughey as f#*&ping Mark Hanna|
|Joanna Lumley as f#*&ping Aunt Emma|
|and f#*&ing Jordan Belfort (briefly) as himself|
|with a bunch of others who I can’t remember the f#*&ing names of|
This movie opens with a scene similar to the book by Jordan Belfort, in which he’s flying home in his helicopter, high on Quaaludes and nearly crashes the damn thing. This, more than anything tells you just how screwed up the guy was at the height of his powers. Both the book and movie titled The Wolf of Wall Street leads you down a journey of excess, debauchery, functional addicts and greed.
The Wolf of Wall Street is the fictionalised, slightly altered, very funny, but frightening account of Jordan Belfort’s life leading up to his stint in prison for fraud. His story starts here: Wall Street, New York. Famous for being the finance capital of the world, and also where the Great Depression began. A concentrated mess of stockbrokers, money and banks all looking to make more money off everyone else at no expense to themselves. At least that’s how the movie portrays the place. I don’t doubt there are some truths in what the movie depicts given the revelations about the behaviour of bankers leading up to the Global Financial Crisis.
After graduating as a nice innocent kid, Belfort’s corruption begins with his mentor at his first brokerage firm which ultimately went bankrupt during Black Tuesday in 1987. He then discovers how to sell penny stock, the riskiest type of shares available. He starts his business, Stratton Oakmont on offloading these shares to the richest people in America, but continues to manipulate the share market in his favour. He makes a lot of money, but then you’d expect that wouldn’t you?
As he and his employees get richer, their tastes for debauchery and drugs get evermore insane. First, there are the insane numbers of prostitutes, then there are the stunts they get up to every so often, including the dwarf tossing. It all goes downhill from there. By the way, fair warning about the amount of profanity in the movie. If you can’t stand crude language, don’t watch this unless they release a bleeped version. Of course, if they did, you’d miss half the dialogue.
As for all the technical stuff, I can only say that the cast all put in fantastic performances and Leonardo Di Caprio et al deserve all the applause they get. Whether the characters are high, drunk, asleep or otherwise, there’s no doubt that these people are living the life of Jordan Belfort and his merry men. After having read the book, the various scenes are brought to life quite spectacularly, especially the part when he’s driving home in his white Lamborghini completely off his rocks.
The thing is though, the funny parts of the movie are the abstract layer on top of a most troubled and self destructive person. Taking a daily cocktail of drugs to ensure he was functional and sharp, yet relaxed can only be described as not only living on the edge, but also shows just how much risk these people take. When you don’t care so much about your own health and wellbeing, what’s someone else’s money and financial security to you?
It’s a sad thing when someone who’s obviously got the smarts to do anything with their lives but chooses the easy path of fraud, cheating and manipulation. It’s a bit dark side of the force. Though the movie is hilarious and mostly a satirical take on Jordan Belfort’s atypical early years, it serves as a warning against excess and insanity. Well, I hope it does, because in all seriousness, the amount of responsibility and power that people on Wall Street holds over everyone else is incredible and scary.
F#*&ing masterful execution of dark comedy and frightening imagery of debauchery. f#*&ing ace!
Should I watch this?
Definitely. You should definitely watch this while eating a f#*&ing choc-top. It’s a f#*&ing guilty pleasure, just like everything in the f#*&ing movie.