[Last Film I Saw] The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street poster

Title: The Wolf of Wall Street
Year: 2013
Country: USA
Language: English, French
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers:
Terence Winter
Jordan Belfort
Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto
Cast:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Jonah Hill
Margot Robbie
Kyle Chandler
Jean Dujardin
Matthew McConaughey
Rob Reiner
Jon Bernthal
Joanna Lumley
Cristin Milioti
P.J. Byrne
Kenneth Choi
Brian Sacca
Henry Zebrowski
Jon Favreau
Shea Whigham
Stephanie Kurtzuba
Bo Dietl
Katarina Cas
Ethan Suplee
Jake Hoffman
Giselle Eisenberg
Spike Jonze
Christine Ebersole
Rating: 8.0/10

Leo is all out for the naked statuette

Leo is all out for the naked statuette

After dumping his longtime companion Robert De Niro for the hey-day Leonardo DiCaprio in the naughties, Martin Scorsese embarks on a series of ambitious enterprises to earn his overdue Oscar statuette, finally third time is a charm, THE DEPARTED (2006) achieved that goal, but poor Leo is still Oscar-less, so their fifth teamwork is THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, an excessive satire of Jordan Belfort’s autobiography, a former Wall Street stock-broker’s rise and fall from 1980s to 1990s, which grants Leo the uppermost leniency to embody this corrupted, decadent and indecent character with inordinate excess and extravaganza, unfortunately, Leo’s time has yet arrived.

McConaissance is going strong!

McConaissance is going strong!

Running around 180-minutes, the film is ultra-snappy and the camera faithfully acts in accordance with the doped delirium where Jordan (DiCaprio) and his cohorts habitually reside, it is an out-and-out wealth-flaunting satire, periodically overreaches its boundary with benumbing and slightly off-putting repletion since Jordan’s hollow life perpetually orbits around money, sex, drugs and drug-addled misdemeanours. Marty doesn’t trouble himself to go deeper than that, the trenchant point is, Jordan is no more than an eloquent salesman and a shallow opportunist, luck is on his side at the right time, but he fails to apply a failsafe mechanism to get away with it, ironically, it is the American judicial system let him slide, all the more it incites audience to detest the hypocritical political body of democracy, which is inadequate in its wealth distribution and justice upholding.

Jordan crawling back his Lamborghini, best action stunt of the year!

Jordan crawling back his Lamborghini, best action stunt of the year!

Leo’s performance is voraciously full of vim and vigour, he devotes every effort to light up the screen with incredible body language and pitch-perfect accuracy with beguiling pomposity, but, an indelible impression is that with every gesture he poises, every line he delivers, simultaneously he is thinking of that damn Oscar, he even makes Jordan loveable and immensely watchable, it is his charisma, not his character’s, which may bar him from winning in the race this year.

Hill, it's awkward to be nominated twice in underserving roles

Hill, it’s awkward to be nominated twice in underserving roles

Two-times Oscar nominee (alas!) slash red-hot comedy actor Jonah Hill, not a fan of his performance in MONEYBALL (2011), there is no big stretch for him to showcase his prowess as a serious thespian here, he is uproarious and cheeky as Donnie Azoff, Jordan’s best buddy, like in his other more coarse comedies, the only difference is this is a Marty’s film

Joanna Lumley, Jordan's perfect auntie-in-law

Joanna Lumley, Jordan’s perfect auntie-in-law

Having said that, a preciously meaty part is when Donnie is choking and Jordan tries to save him, but we can vicariously detect in one blink Jordan thinks it might be good to let him die. This is one of Marty’s masterstrokes to reflect the complexity of human’s intuitive caprice.

Margot Robbie, a new star is born!

Margot Robbie, a new star is born!

New starlet Margot Robbie consummates her big screen breakthrough as Naomi Lapaglia, the second trophy wife of Jordan, she intermingles her utterly stunning sex appeal with aggressive fervour, which might bring to mind Sharon Stone in CASINO (1995). Coincidentally, Leo’s Oscar rival and eventual winner McConaughey (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB 2013) has a ten-minutes screen time as Mark Hanna, the one who remarks on the golden criterion in the Wall Street business, McConaissance is irrepressible even for such a small role. It could be Leo’s idea to curtail the role of Mark in the film in order not to lose the spotlight of his own. Also I must extol Spike Jonze’s unexpected cameo which offers some imaginable salaciousness with his tacit smirk.

Spike Jonze, the cocksucker cameo

Spike Jonze, the cocksucker cameo

Marty has already risen to a lofty echelon of a cinema maestro who can apply himself to manifold genres with top-notch dexterity, which his recent works HUGO (2011), SHUTTER ISLAND (2010) all potently bespeak. At the age of 72, the night is still young, may his outstanding creativity will never peter out, which is a tremendous blessing for all the children of cinemas.

Kyle Chandler, the relentless F.B.I. agent

Kyle Chandler, the relentless F.B.I. agent

 

BEST PICTURE, LEADING ACTOR, SUPPORTING ACTOR and DIRECTOR

BEST PICTURE, LEADING ACTOR, SUPPORTING ACTOR and DIRECTOR

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