THE WOLF WALL STREET (2013)

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS:

  • Best Picture (Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff – Producers)
  • Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jonah Hill)
  • Best Director (Martin Scorsese)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter)

Christopher

I was really glad we got to see this and it was even better than I was expecting. It’s interesting to watch movies with Leonardo DiCaprio now because I think before I met Elizabeth I really thought nothing of him. I remember not being too into him in Titanic and I thought everyone was overreacting to his looks, but ever since he’s been in stuff as an older guy I’ve really enjoyed him, or at least I’ve never hated him. He’s pretty cool, he can be relatable in his acting. But now I look at him as this actor that has obviously touched peoples lives in his acting. I just think that’s interesting. See this movie, but if you’re scared to watch someone shoot coke and take coke out of a woman’s ass with someone, don’t see it with them.

Elizabeth

God, I fucking love Leonardo DiCaprio. And it’s safe to say my love for him is getting close to being 20 years old. And was I one of the ones that wrote an angry letter to the Academy when he didn’t get nominated for Titanic? Maybe (meaning yes). So, of course The Wolf of Wall Street is great.

But really, I did truly enjoy The Wolf of Wall Street. It’s a little long, but Leo totally carries the whole thing. His performance has him do everything: he’s bad, he’s good, he’s creepy, he’s cute, he cries, he laughs, he yells, he’s funny, he’s mean . . . it’s like everything Leo’s ever done in a role, all in one movie. IT’S GREAT.

I know the movie has been criticized for glorifying Jordan Belfort and his life, but now that I’ve seen it I sort of think anyone who thinks that maybe didn’t watch the whole movie? By the end, Belfort is so obviously pathetic and unlikeable. Because the story doesn’t end at the height of Belfort’s wealth and power, I don’t see how anyone can watch this movie and come away thinking he was cool or had a great life. But that’s why Leo is so good here; if he played Belfort has a horrible, totally unlikeable person from minute 1, no one would want to keep watching. But he’s charming, he’s cute, and he sucks you in.

I was also really pleasantly surprised with how good Jonah Hill was here. With Moneyball, he proved he could act in more things than Apatow-esque comedies. But with The Wolf of Wall Street, he really proves that he can just straight up act. And he and Leo have such great chemistry that you wholly believe that of course these two terrible men are also best friends. It’s really interesting. 

I was really happy at how funny The Wolf of Wall Street is, because Leo in particular is so funny in it. And he’s always been funny, he just so rarely gets to show it. But his knack for physical comedy here, with an underlying sense of badness, is so engaging. He manages to make you feel sorry for Belfort one second, and in the next you can’t stand him. It’s really sort of amazing.

Yeah, there’s a lot of drugs, nudity, and cursing. But it’s a fucking Martin Scorsese movie! Anyone who sees this and is offended by all of that had no business seeing a Scorsese movie in the first place. A good test: if you can’t handle the drugs, nudity, or language of Goodfellas, don’t even walk near a screening of The Wolf of Wall Street. And if you do, don’t complain about it.

As someone who thinks Leonardo DiCaprio should have already won about 10 Oscars, I’m biased when I say I really want him to win the Oscar for The Wolf of Wall Street. But God, this movie was good, and he should win. 

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