The Wolf of Wall Street Movie Review


The Wolf of Wall Street is one of Scorsese’s best movies. It also features DiCaprio in his best role. As a matter of fact, this is the first movie where DiCaprio really transcended himself and embraced the character. He became the character and did so very well.

The Wolf of Wall Street is Scorsese’s departure from his traditional fare. It is far more immoral than anything else he has done. It is far more immoral because the protagonist’s punishment seems to be far from enough, and the protagonist’s friends seem to be more moral than the protagonist. Therefore, the protagonist becomes a personification of vice, whereas in Goodfellas the protagonist was a by-product of corrupt environment.

The main character – Jon Belfort – is the stockbroker who has made millions selling worthless penny stocks. The people around him are his minions. He has total control over them. He manipulates them any way he wants, yet claims he is their savior: the woman who came to him was broke; he gave her 25,000$ and eventually made her into a millionaire. But did she go to jail? Yes, she did. She went to jail because he ratted her out. Therefore, Jon Belfot is a parasite. He is a parasite and a psychopath. He justifies his own misdeeds by claiming the role of benefactor for people who helped him defraud other people. He is convinced that this is the truth.

The sad part is that Jon Belfort’s self-righteousness seems to save him. His conviction in his own might does miracles for him. One can misinterpret this as the movie’s message: do whatever you want but be strong. On the other hand, what is more likely to be the movie’s message is something else. What is it? Go see the movie and find out. It is definitely worth seeing.


Here are the best quotes about The Wolf of Wall Street from regular folks:

If you’re after a subtle critic of immorality of capitalism and the financial services in particular, watch a documentary. If you want a parody of the gross excesses of those things, watch Wolf of Wall Street.

It’s a long movie on paper but when you watch it it doesn’t feel like you’ve been watching it for 3 hrs

Aye. Some of the scenes had the entire audience in tears, and left me wondering whether it was a comedy or a drama. I think it skirted the boundaries of both, and for that reason I’d forgive any lack of seriousness.

This movie had me laughing more than anchorman 2

I’ve watched this movie with my girlfriend… just don’t. she’d be upset and jealous every 2 min. It’s more a guy fantasy type of movie. great chicks/boobs/fun/money/fame/party etc.

It’s fuckin’ spectacular that’s what it is.

Here are the best quotes about The Wolf of Wall Street from critics:

Peter Bradshaw:
“If you can imagine the honey-gravel of Ray Liotta’s voice in Goodfellas saying: “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a stockbroker” you’ll get some idea of Martin Scorsese’s new movie The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Robbie Collin:
The Wolf of Wall Street, the new Martin Scorsese film, comes blowing into cinemas with gusts of outrage at its back. Scorsese’s 23rd feature in almost 50 years – and best in more than 20 – is based on a memoir by the stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who founded the investment firm Stratton Oakmont in an abandoned Long Island garage, and spent much of the Nineties swindling his way to an enormous personal fortune.

Matt Zoller Seitz:
Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” is abashed and shameless, exciting and exhausting, disgusting and illuminating; it’s one of the most entertaining films ever made about loathsome men.

Had enough of critics’ reviews? Then watch the trailer.


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