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Published on December 25th, 2013 | by gareth

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The Wolf of Wall Street

By Amara Dumlao

 

 

Looking for the opposite of a heartwarming holiday film? Martin Scorsese’s newest, “The Wolf of Wall

Street”, has got you covered. This is the story of Jordon Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), a charismatic stock

broker living in a demented fairytale of self-fulfilling no holds bar experiences. Single minded beyond

the point of recklessness, the self-entitled Belfort lives without regret as he climbs his way to the top

stepping on anyone or any rules that get in his way.

 

Beyond DiCaprio, the cast contains other familiar faces. Johah Hill costars as Donnie Azoff, Belfort’s

best friend and co-worker. The lovely Margot Robbie also has significant screen time as Belfort’s vapid

and naïve love interest, Naomi Lapaglia. There is also a memorable cameo by Matthew McConaughey.

But “The Wolf of Wall Street” is really all about DiCaprio. While some movies limit an actor’s range, this

one reminds audiences why Leonardo DiCaprio is a movie star in the first place. A far cry from his usual

role as love interest, DiCaprio portrays Belfort as awful, engrossing, and egomaniacal, while keeping the

character likeable, charming, and funny.

 

A little longer than the usual picture with a runtime of 180 minutes, “The Wolf of Wall Street” still

doesn’t waste screen time. Brimming with acute attention to the details in soundtrack, costumes, and

the progression of time, the lengthy film stays fresh and realistic, even as the seemingly impossible plot

unfolds.

 

This is not a flick for the family due to the graphic scenes of sinful behavior and hazy moral storylines.

A tale of rip-offs and self-justification, “The Wolf of Wall Street” is the film equivalent of hopping in the

backseat of a limo in Vice City. But it is also visual feast for movie gawkers seeking moments that will be

permanently seared into their long term memories.

 

Not the tale of a good guy gone bad, “The Wolf of Wall Street” is the story of a bad guy gone even

worse.

 

4.5/5

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.



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