Di Caprio deserves an Oscar for this one
this is one of the most overrated movies I have ever seen. It's boring as h*ll. Even the sex is boring... tedious, too much talking about nothing (and the dialogues aren't all that super either), predictable, drugs and sex to be an end isntead of a means for the story to be told (and as I said, even the sex is boring). Even DiCaprio could not save this incredibly crap movie.
The Wolf of Wall Street was great, unbelievably excessive in its debauchery and it was admittedly lots of fun to watch such incredibly despicable people on screen. It was apparently three hours long but it honestly didn't feel like it at all, so that alone says something. Lots of reviewers were complaining that it glorified Belfort's lifestyle but that seems like kind of a shallow way to view it, you'd have to be pretty morally corrupt to watch it and think that by the end of it, he was a pretty good guy. Thinking that viewers would react like that seems to me to seriously underestimate what your average person's morals are like.
Overall a good movie. It does depict the life of working in investment agency for wall street. If you think you are going to be presented with insights into daily working of wall street, you would be greatly disappointed after watching this one. Of course I did not expect that level of detail crammed in a less than 3 hour movie, but was greatly disappointed on seeing almost next to nothing about wall street.
The movie revolves around a man who wants to make a career in wall street and become rich and is willing to break any or every rule possible to achieve his goal. He indeed achieves what he sets out to attain and the movie depicts in very shallow detail the path towards his success. If you are looking for some inspiration like this you are in the hunt.
In conclusion, the movie is more of a motivation to many people and also at times tries to deceive that people can live their dream by working as investment broker. The fact is you still need to have the talent and put the required efforts to reach anywhere close to what you set to achieve.
Good or bad depending on what you want...
So I saw "The Wolf of Wall Street" and it was a lot of fun to watch. I definitely did not feel underwhelmed, this is one movie that does not hold back. It prides itself in being lewd, offensive and utterly insane. Despite having a runtime at two hours and forty minutes, it never really feels slow paced and dull. This is an adrenaline packed movie that is sure to get your blood flowing, and if you like girls, your blood will also flow to your penis.
Now, women aren't exactly portrayed with a lot of character in this movie, but it's kind of justified considering the narrative they're going for. The main characters all treat women like objects. But the main characters are supposed to be douchey frat boys, so it really wouldn't make sense if they didn't. Overall I thought this movie had a great tone, despite some infrequent questionable music choices. When "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters started playing, I was like "What?". It's not a bad song, it just didn't really fit with what was happening. There were a few distracting editing issues to note as well. Dialog being out of sync in a conversation, a changing staircase that might be explained by the drugs that the character was on. But it's still kind of questionable because it didn't seem like it was being delivered that way.
And during the dinner conversation with Matthew McConaughey, for the first part of the scene I literally thought they were separated from the other diners by a glass wall, because I'm pretty sure they forgot to add in background noise for the restaurant, there was no music and the conversations around them were completely silent. Every once in a while you could faintly hear utensils clanging together, But it seemed like something that just happened to be picked up on the boom microphone from the extras eating food. So yeah, this isn't a flawless technical achievement, but it is well written and extremely entertaining.
The performances are stellar, Jonah Hill was great. And even though the plot is almost the exact same as "Blow", but instead of cocaine it's money, I would consider this one to be the better film of the two. "Blow" kind of got ruined at points by some questionable child performances, But in "The Wolf of Wall Street", I couldn't even tell if the child actor was that bad - because she was mostly absent from the story. Which is extremely fitting because it says a lot about the character.
Anyway, I found this movie to be a blast and I would recommend it to anybody that has the capacity - to understand that just because the movie is featuring something does not necessarily mean it's condoning it.