Leo paired up with Scorsese for what feels like the hundredth time for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and we’re still not sick of it. The critics have spoken and overall, while yes, it’s three hour long (it is Scorsese) it’s totally worth it and flies by with ‘merciless’ laughs.
The Wolf of Wall Street hit theaters Dec. 25, and it was a pretty good Christmas gift for most — if you have the time to spare. Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the role of real-life stockbroker, Jordan Belfort. The movie is based around Jordan’s memoirs. With supporting roles by Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey, it takes on a comedic, yet frisky look at the ups and downs of Wall Street — drugs, sex, corruption and all. Read the reviews below!
‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ Reviews
Pow. Pow. Pow. Pow. Pow. That’s how Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street comes at you. I could have taken a few more pows – which shows how much fun it is to spar with this frisky badboy. You probably hate that it runs three hours. Yeah, like we don’t spend that much time every effing day exchanging banalities on digital media. This is Scorsese, people, delivering a cinematic landmark. Look closely and you might see your own venal fantasies in how these Wall Street scumbags spend their ill-gotten gains on drugs, hookers, cars, yachts and jets. Working with a gutsy script by The Sopranos‘ Terence Winter, Scorsese is jabbing hard at America’s jackpot culture. The laughs are merciless and nonstop, every one with a sting in its tail.
From bit parts by Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Christine Ebersole, Rob Reiner and Fran Lebowitz to Ahmad Jamal jazz and Brioni suits, the movie wears its labels well. The sets are ravishing. The cinematography dazzles. There’s so much going on that you don’t blink for fear that you might miss something. Did I say over the top? I meant over the moon. Against my better judgment, there were times in The Wolf of Wall Street when I was over the moon myself.
Clocking in at 179 minutes, “Wolf” sets a record as Scorsese’s longest fiction film (one minute longer than “Casino”), but that doesn’t make it his most ambitious or deeply felt. It lacks the dynamic emotional range of a “Mean Streets” or “Goodfellas,” or the intricate plotting of a “Casino,” and for all its amusing guest stars (Rob Reiner as Belfort’s combustible dad, Jean Dujardin as a pompous Swiss banker) and caper-like episodes, almost everything unfolds in the same manic register. Even when the movie is really cooking (which is often), there’s a feeling that scenes are being held for a few beats too many, that Scorsese and his ace editor Thelma Schoonmaker simply didn’t have enough time to do the elegant fine-tuning they’re accustomed to (an impression reinforced by several conspicuous continuity gaffes and badly matched cuts throughout the film).
This is without doubt the funniest movie of Scorsese’s career – earlier efforts like The King of Comedy and After Hours may have been brilliant, but their chuckles were chillier and more unsettling. The Wolf of Wall Street plays modern tragedy as epic farce, reminding us just how much fun Scorsese can be when he’s in a playful mood. It also proves – equally unexpectedly – that Leonardo DiCaprio can do comedy, too.
Not only is the film amazing, how about the soundtrack? The soundtrack is packed with mid-20th century classics, including two tracks by Bo Diddley (“Pretty Thing” and “Road Runner”), Howlin’ Wolf‘s “Smokestack Lightening,” Eartha Kitt‘s “C’est Si Bon” and Allen Toussaint‘s “Cast Your Fate To The Wind,” plus Billy Joel‘s “Movin’ Out,” Romeo Void‘s “Never Say Never,” Malcom McLaren‘s “Double Dutch,” The Lemonheads‘ rendition of the Paul Simon-penned “Mrs. Robinson” and much more!
If you need to purchase the amazing soundtrack you can find it here!
Alright HollywoodLifers – will you go see The Wolf of Wall Street this holiday season? Let us know!
– Emily Longeretta