I was so excited to see “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013), and it even had a 77% Rotten Tomatoes score, which is good coming from them, but after having seen it, I’m having trouble thinking of things I actually liked about it.
Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) discovers a way to make a lot of money doing something he is pretty good at, selling people stocks. Starting out at a small investment firm selling only penny stocks via pink sheets, Jordan can earn a 50% commission on all that he sales. Quickly earning more and more money he starts his own operation with his own staff, and motivates them to bring in as much money as they possibly can, regardless of whether or not the investments are good for their clients. (It’s greed on a whole new level). But it’s only a matter of time before the feds become involved and Jordan has some decisions to seriously think about.
Evaluation: DiCaprio is one a my favorite actors because he really can pull off just about any role he wants, and how incredible is it, that someone who is 39 years old looks so young? His talent exceeds that of some of Hollywood’s best, and even though I had no issues with him specifically in this movie, I have several for the film itself.
How much Wall Street is actually in “The Wolf of Wall Street”? Well, to answer that, I would say about 0.5%. The film offers a seriously messed up combination of the party life versus the Wall Street life, and let me tell ya, the two are VERY different. Yet this movie just throws it all together as if money just falls off trees, people get rich, and then blow it on anything and everything their hearts desire. I despise the out of sync combination.
I felt like I was watching a college party movie, rather than a business/finance oriented one. The focus is clear though…MONEY! And it does have you thinking throughout about how awesome it would be to live like that. But it’s fantasy. Sure, it was nice while it lasted, but you’d have to be seriously stupid to expose yourself to that much greed and not expect to pay the consequences of breaking the law at some point. This does lead me to one of the few things I did find likable about the movie. I enjoyed the realistic feel of Jordan’s ever so easy fall to the “top” as he let dollar signs be his guide and provide him with a sense of invincibility. This can happen to anyone, especially in his shoes.
Lastly (and I’m leaving a lot out because I could go on all day about this film) I’d have to complain about how rushed some scenes were in this 180 minute movie! Apparently that wasn’t enough time to do some of the scenes right. Oh, wait, but then we would have been spared a few sets of boobs, and some insane drug abuse. Guess from their point of view, we wouldn’t have been able to enjoy it without all of that nonsense.
Total Abstract Rating: 60% If you haven’t seen it, then I wouldn’t worry about it. If you have, then I’m sorry…
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