A wild, brazen, drug-and-sex-fueled NYC character-study of the American Dream & corruptibility of money/ambition, Scorsese curates a roller-coaster of massively-entertaining intellectualism – with herculean DiCaprio-led performances. 8.7/10.
In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a merry band of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess.
*Possible spoilers ahead*
Positives: DiCaprio is unbelievable – perhaps the best or one of the best performances of his career, sure-handed, masterful direction from Scorsese as he meticulously crafts and unfolds this roller coaster tale of greed, sex, and drugs and somehow tells a coherent and even at times deep and thoughtful story with allegory and messages, hilarious jokes and all-around antics especially by in the stock scenes which are undoubtedly no matter how you feel about the wildness entertaining to watch, great soundtrack and cinematography as well as performances all around especially by the supporting McConaughey and Jonah Hill, a very deep and remarkably full story that tells an entire saga and roller coaster tale with loads of symbolism, takeaways, and lessons with the impeccably smart script and screenwriting, phenomenal ending showing how brutal (albeit beautiful when you can be in it) having money can be – friends turn into the enemies who put you away, women show true colors and what they were really after sometimes, etc. in this cautionary yet illustrious and adventurous tale taking place in one of the most intriguing places on the planet: Wall Street
Negatives: Can be too grotesque and wild for many people – although that’s the point and what Scorsese is trying to make you feel, more obscenities than probably any film in history haha, makes Belfort seem almost like a good guy in a bad situation in which is blasphemous as he was a criminal who cheated and stole his fortune and deserved the punishment he got and more
Official CLC Score: 8.8/10