Instead of flipping off everyone who said he’d lost his touch, Martin Scorsese gave us all The Wolf of Wall Street. The drugs, the sex, the swearing, and Leonardo make this an old school Scorsese film and, without a doubt, the funniest of his career.
This is the biography of Jordan Belfort, and it depicts his rise and fall all the way from the day he arrived to Wall Street until he got out of prison to be a motivational speaker.
The Wolf of Wall Street is prime storytelling. If it had been a drama, it would’ve been unwatchable, it has too much of everything. But Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) knew how to turn this true story into a push-the-limits black comedy with all the right elements: drugs, sex, and excessive swearing. Over a runtime of three hours, the movie doesn’t know how to slow down and deepen its look on its character, and that’s what makes it a better comedy. Jordan Belfort is perfectly depicted as the obnoxious and greedy animal he truly is, but because of the fine job in storytelling, you don’t end up hating him, you only look at him as another movie character.
And last but not least, we have Leonardo DiCaprio with the most charismatic performances of his career. He might have hinted before that his true talent lies in comedy (Catch Me if You Can), but he was on a different level here: he wasn’t just portraying Belfort, he was Belfort. Leo has always been talented, but this time he made me feel he was born for this role.
Scorsese said he only had a couple of movies left in him before he retires, which is sad, but if he keeps this fine level of filmmaking, two movies are just enough. The Wolf of Wall Street is incredibly funny and obnoxiously filthy: it’s Scorsese scoring another homerun. And with his outstandingly charismatic performance, Leonardo DiCaprio might just win an Oscar this time. He sure deserves one.