Movie review time with uncle Duck.
Last time I think I said I was going to watch Bedevilled which stars one of my favourite Korean actresses — Yeong-hie Seo, but I just wasn’t in the mood for something very gripping and thrilling — so I went with something a little less sinister. A little. This time I went with something I’ve wanted to see for a long time, The Wolf of Wall Street.
Initially when I had heard that this film was coming out (back in 2013) I wasn’t aware of the book — or the story itself. I kinda like things that way because I really enjoy seeing what actually happened *after* the movie has played out the story. A lot of the time some things will be missed, exaggerated or just downright not what happened — but it doesn’t take away from the story for me. I just enjoy watching a movie to be entertained — and with that in mind I left the true story of Jordan Belfort (Leo DiCaprio) alone to lend the movie to it’s own devices.
I’d seen the film Wall Street with Charlie “Winning” Sheen and I’d figured that upon watching Wolf that we’d have something similar — but this was not at all the case. Wall Street had Sheen running about doing virtually everything he could to get his coked-up nose in the stockbroker world of the 80s — and was quite deep in how it went about it. There were the traditional issues and decisions that the character had to make and you could tell that there was an aspect of reality about it — but perhaps it was the way movies were made at the time — but it felt a little distant.
The Wolf of Wall Street was strange in that it was the opposite of this — a crazed, adrenaline-fulled roller coaster that edged itself into the realm of a black comedy — however it still had the grounding that made it feel familiar somehow. I was actually born when this happened, but I don’t believe I was chilling out on wall street when the stockmarket crashed that year. (Shoutout to my dad; each year he’s had a kid the stockmarket has crashed that year — little tip for you guys there). Never the less, I’d hear the odd company name every now and then, a location, an event or something that triggered a memory of something or at least made the little file in my brain pertaining to that event pop up and say “hey, I know you!”. It was a cool little effect and I really enjoyed that very minor, but intriguing aspect of the movie.
As previously mentioned, the story was extremely high-paced. Once you started on the ride it barely gave up, it was like watching The Chaser but without the murdering and such — or at least there were figurative murders of insane amounts of money and ridiculously insane amounts of drugs. All sorts of pills, all sorts of standard drugs — the whole pharmacy of options was present in this movie. It acted like a very weird catalyst that kept the movie on it’s high-powered pace. When something started slowing down slightly — bam — 10 lines of coke and we were zipping back on track.
This gave a really cool feeling when I was watching the movie — the pace, extravagance and excitement of the movie was an interesting mirror of the life and lifestyle of the main character, Jordan Belfort. I felt like as he was rising on up, I was coming along for the ride too — the pace quickening with each hooker he was banging at the workplace, each line of coke he shovelled olfactory style, or each Lude he dropped. It was quite an intense ride, and the actors were generally quite wonderful with each role they were playing.
It was reasonably deep with talent in this movie, Leo did a great job (though I’m not sure he nailed it like Michael Douglas in Wall Street) and I absolutely love the emotion that he shows on his face — or in some cases doesn’t show. There were some fantastic scenes where you could see him ripping into his character, the speeches in the office to hype up the troops — or my favourite, the scene with Denham on the boat. This was spectacular — there was a very evident premonition of what Belfort was wanting to do with Denham, but it still came as a very surprising scene. It was tense due to the nature of “one small slip up…” but then it was also fun. It even reminded me of some Game of Thrones scenes with Baelish and Varys — but instead of heads rolling, the duelling between Wolf’s two character ended with lobsters and money being hurled off the boat with gusto, it was just plain fun.
I thought it was a wonderfully entertaining movie — I’ll have to check out the true story sometime and read into it a bit more — but I had a lot of fun. 6.5/10.