The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his experience working on Wall Street. Belfort starts his own company named Stratton-Oakmont, which made money through a pump and dump scheme where Belfort and a few others owned the majority of certain penny stocks, then had his employees aggressively sell the stocks to artificially inflate the price, and sold them off with 50% commission while the stocks proceeded to crash back down in price. Before long, he and his sidekick Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) were raking in millions upon millions into Stratton-Oakmont. Billing prostitutes to the company’s credit card, crashing a helicopter while high, and sinking a yacht in Italy were just a few of the crazy things that money allowed Belfort to do. However, it wouldn’t be long until the FBI began to investigate the company for securities fraud.
What I liked
I liked that this film didn’t hold anything back. As crazy as most of the stuff was in this movie, it was also very believable. The sex, the drugs, and fraud really opened your eyes to the ridiculous corruption that happens on Wall Street. The movie also showed the sheer power of persuasion and salesmanship. I especially loved the scene where Belfort asks someone to sell him a pen. I thought Leonardo DiCaprio did a brilliant job portraying Belfort in this movie. You could clearly see how the idea of millions upon millions of dollars transformed him throughout the movie. It became an idol that was given a higher priority than even his own family. I also thought Margot Robbie, who plays Belfort’s trophy wife Naomi in the movie, did a great job holding her own with DiCaprio throughout the movie.
What I didn’t like
I knew that the movie was three hours long going into it, so I was somewhat prepared. For me personally, there wasn’t a point in the movie where I got bored or wanted it to be over, so the length didn’t bother me too much. If anything, the amount of sex/prostitute and drug scenes may be a little excessive to some people, but again I think it was effective in hammering home the idea of what was really happening behind the scenes.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics: 77%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience: 81%
My Final Rating: 4.5/5
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