Wednesday, 8 January 2014

[Movie Review] The Wolf of Wall Street

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughy, Margot Robbie
Director: Martin Scorsese

Welcome to Merry-fuckin’-Land where first you lose all your inhibitions; second, portray obnoxiously eccentric conduct and then hit the accelerator to become filthy rich. Batten down your hatches and sail to Wall Street where more is the money, merrier are the people; where booze and drugs keep getting heftier; where materialism knows no zenith and greed flow like blood in the veins of one and all; more so ever in one gluttonous New York stockbroker, Jordan Belfort, in this maddeningly ferocious take of his life and lies in The Wolf of Wall Street.  

Take the most side-splittingly offensive movie you have seen and multiply it by 10, you’ll get The Wolf of Wall Street. Smart, intelligent and aware of its own virtues and vices, it never tries to exceed its grasp and serves the dish on a cold silver plate for the consumers to swallow and long after the phenomenon is over, you realize that those silvery knives did have some sharpened edges that bite at you.

Talk about redefining crime frontiers and godfathering anti-heroes, call Martin Scorsese. Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Casino, The Departed, The Aviator; grandeur bows to the unsurpassable command he has over his content. Amidst weighty hype and surmounting expectations, arrives The Wolf of Wall Street, infused in its own persona, with an attitude hard to boil down and effervescence impossible to contain. A small voice over about Wall Street and bam, we are at the receiving end of slapstick on-your-face dialogues and activities performed by brokers at Wall Street.

Sitting at the top of a pile of majestic performances, Leonardo DiCaprio flamboyantly makes you fall for an antagonist with such affluence and polish that one wonders whether this movie is a dead black critique of the criminality or is celebrating the misconducts of a drug addicted, callous and insensitive Jordan Belfort. Supporting DiCaprio is the terrific Jonah Hill who possibly gives the best performance of his career as Donny Azoff and if that’s not plentiful, we have scintillating Matthew McConaughey as Mark Hanna.

When the 3 hours long frenzy finally ends and a lingering camera goes over the audience in the final sequence, Jordan Belfort searches for a face to match his marketing potential, scrutinizing people with his hawk eyes, wearing a crown of ashes and one somehow feels that the joke had always been upon us!

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