18A) The Wolf of Wall Street
Running Time: 179 Minutes
3 and a half stars out of 4.
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most respected and esteemed actors of his generation. In his 20+ year career as an actor he has success with films like Titanic, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator, Inception, Catch Me if You Can, The Departed, Django Unchained, Blood Diamond and more. Three of these films (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Blood Diamond, The Aviator) earned DiCaprio Best Actor and Supporting Actor Oscar nominations. The Wolf of Wall Street marks his fifth collaboration with director Martin Scorsese. Martin Scorsese previously won his first Oscar in 2007, for helming The Departed. At Age 71, Scorsese is regarded as one of the best directors working today, and The Wolf of Wall Street marks his first film since 2011's Hugo. Expectations are high, and many wonder if Scorsese can reach the heights set by his greats like, Goodfellas, and if this is an Oscar contender.
Based on the novel of the same name by Joran Belford, The Wolf of Wall Street tells the story of the rise of Jordan Belford (Leonardo DiCaprio) , a wealthy stockbroker on Wall Street and his fall with crime, and corruption. The Wolf of Wall Street ranks high on my list of The Best Films of The Year, it is impeccably cast, and thoroughly crafted. Terrence Winters (Boardwalk Empire Creator/Writer) script is the best of the year, but the performances are what make the film. Leonardo DiCaprio gives the best performance of his career as Belford. He is funny, crass, foulmouthed, and incredible in the title role. He takes risks that many actors generally would not take. Jonah Hill is also strong in a supporting role, and gives the best performance of his career. In a smaller role, newcomer Margot Robbie is excellent as Belford's wife. Robbie makes the best of her limited screen time, and masters her Long Island accent. Although, she is a little young for the role, she is very convincing and believable.
Terrence Winter's has written the best screenplay of the year. The dialogue is quick, precise, and to the point, and is very memorable. The lines that come out of these characters mouths, particularly Belford's, are so despicable, yet so hysterical, that it makes Terrence Winter's screenplay and dialogue the most memorable of the year.
Leonardo DiCaprio deserves to win the Oscar for Best Actor. In the film, he gives a full performance, where he inhabits another person. When you are watching the film you forget that you are watching Leonardo DiCaprio. This is the role, he was born to play. After being snubbed for Oscars for his deserving performances in J.Edgar and Django Unchained, DiCaprio deserves to be nominated and WIN the top award.
This film will become a cult classic. It is a film that only gets better upoin repeat viewings, and is a film to define a generation.
The Wolf of Wall Street also has extremely good social commentary on the world we live in today, and the wealthiest 1% of the world. In the film Jordan gives a speech that is so well written, and so well delivered by Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the best films of the year.