R, 180 min.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Terence Winter, Jordan Belfort (book)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, Jean Dujardin, Christin Milioti, P.J. Byrne, Kenneth Choi, Brian Sacca, Henry Zebrowski, Ethan Suplee, Rob Reiner, Joanna Lumley, Jon Favreau, Matthew McConaghey
In his age, Martin Scorsese has become content to observe rather than propelling his characters down the rabbit hole with terse story structure. There are scenes in “The Wolf of Wall Street” where it seems as if Scorsese just lets his characters be. This works well for the kind of laid-back comedy he’s going for. Not that the lives of the characters are laid back, just the film’s approach to observing them.
The story is unfortunately not so unfamiliar in the post 2008 market crash world. Oliver Stone’s original “Wall Street” captured the consequences of unbridled greed during the era in which this film takes place. But here, Scorsese tells his story with a smirk on his face. Leonardo DiCaprio once again proves what a versatile performer he is by never seeming to get too heavy with his real life character of Jordan Belfort. Life was a party to him, and so is Scorsese’s film.