Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), a wealthy Long Island penny stockbroker is living the high life until his fall when he ends up serving 36 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” is a chaotic dark comic trip showing the rise and fall of the real life stockbroker Jordan Belfort. The movie itself carries a touch of an epic movie with preposterous scenes, colourful settings, crazy characters, pumped up egos, nudity, drugs, money, sex, lies, loss, failure, success and excessive lifestyles. Some critics has viewed the movie as an irresponsible glorification rather than a satirical takedown of Belfort´s life. DiCaprio responded that in his opinion the film does not glorify the lifestyle it depicts. I reckon the movies reeks from both. I sense in one way that Scorsese/Dicaprio were having a ball playing out everything they could and using Belfort´s craziness partly as an alibi to do whatever on the screen. For sure has both the real Belfort and the screenwriter added and changed things to make it look even more crazier than it might have been. The movie shows how easy it is to get caught up in the grab for success, where money rules and anything goes. But, the balance of it or rather the downside is not portrayed as much, which does create an unbalance in the film. With this said, Dicaprio is still giving us one hell of a performance and so is Jonah Hill as they are mostly in focus. Dicaprio is on a high literally when portraying Belfort and some scenes will stick in the back of your mind for sure. Like the Lemon scene and Belfort´s attempt to drive home. The movie has a high energy driven pace and I do like the idea of having Belfort talking to the camera in numerous scenes. Most of the female roles such as the beautiful Aussie Margot Robbie´s Naomi becomes undressed backdrops and they are more or less just pieces of meat to enjoy, which also creates an unbalance in the film. However, I reckon Scorsese wasn´t aiming at having really strong female characters to “disturb” the excess of Belfort. The end message is ultimately “Money rules and anything goes” which of course shows us no real moral agenda within the structure of the movie and that is of course something you can question. (4 out of 5)

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