Scorsese has done it again with this interesting take on the high-flying stock broker lifestyle as portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of real life Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort.
But what struck me as the best performance of the film was Jonah Hill’s. And true enough, Hill is finding himself to be nominated for an Academy Award!
Though paid only $60,000 for the film, no one can put a price tag on that nomination nod! Hill hustled to get the much coveted role for a few thousand dollars. Move over Belfort, Hill hustles good!
Back to the movie: The graphic sex and buffoonery would leave any self-respecting person squirming in their seats. Over all, the film had its funny moment’s however, Scorsese could have done a better job than celebrate the degenerate lifestyle. When I left the theater, I wanted to throw up.
One of the film’s best lines? “There is no nobility in poverty”.
My only problem? There was less focus on the lesson. If there was, it was not emphasized as much as the obscene parties and arrogant and smug characters of the film. Films such as this is an excellent channel for financial nuts (such as myself) on how they can excel in the industry they are in. But then again, why be the boring vehicle of ‘enlightenment’ when one can create a film that encourages depravity?
Ambition is good. Greed, however, is another story. Obviously Scorsese chose to glorify such debauchery.
The insatiable appetite and intoxicating addiction for money, sex and power are heightened in this film.
A sexy film? Definitely! Would I recommend it? Absolutely not.
Again, maybe I should be “working at McDonald’s”… 😉