As most true Americans know, Leonardo Dicaprio is “the man.” With his great looks, beautiful acting and overall Playboy status, he is one of the most desirable men in America. Man or woman, you would be foolish to not take his hand in marriage.
With his recent track record of acting in such roles as Jay Gatsby in the 2013 release “The Great Gatsby” and “Dominick Cobb” in the 2010 release “Inception,” Dicaprio had his fan base (all of America) craving more.
The legendary producer Martin Scorsese heard America’s cry and this past December he sent us into the new year with the blessing of Dicaprio’s presence in his film “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
The film follows the rise and fall and true story of self-made billionaire Jordan Belfort. He worked as a stockbroker and pioneered the trade of penny stocks. Between a twisting series of events including corruption and greed, and a Playboy lifestyle of hard drugs and reckless partying, Belfort’s life spirals out of control.
For the first hour or so the film is extremely captivating, and really funny at times. Vulgar and sharp humor delivered by supporting cast such as Jonah Hill, keeps the movie fresh. However, as the plot builds, the movie becomes more stressful. At about two hours in, I was ready for the movie to end.
There are parts where it could have been tied up and ended perfectly, but there always seemed to be “just one more thing.” For example Dicaprio’s character is offered a chance to turn himself in, and then another chance to cut a deal with the police and turn his partners in. Instead he keeps doing what he’s doing and it draws out the movie way too much. It got to the point where I was exhausted and began to lose interest.
After all, this plot is nothing new. It’s the same classic concept as in movies like “Scarface,”and “Blow.” Money and power corrupts; it’s not the most original of screenplays, but what it does have going for it is that it is a true story.
That being said, it’s still a great movie. The acting is phenomenal, and it definitely has entertaining parts. My advice to any viewer would be to just stop watching the movie when you feel like it should be done.
There are countless points throughout, where you could just leave the theatre and be completely content with that “ending.”