The Wolf of Wall Street is the true story of Jordan Belfort. The film follows his rise in power by building his own firm in a rented garage. The firm, Stratton Industries, keeps getting bigger which makes Jordan and his co workers all the more greedy. They decide to fraud investors which - in the long shot - allows them to make millions of extra money. This fraud leads to the infamous corruption of Wall Street in the late 1990s.
The Wolf of Wall Street is Martin Scorsese's funniest film. I'm a fan of Scorsese and while he's only tackled the comedy genre once or twice nearly all his films have some sort of comedic aspect to it or a humorous moment every now and again. That's what makes The Wolf of Wall Street so different to the films we're used to him making. This film is a riot from beginning to end. Belfort is just a despicable human being, but us as audience members love it. We thrive off watching stuff like this because we know we're not as insane as he is and that we'd never do the things he did. In the first few minutes of the film we see a montage that includes Belfort blowing cocaine into a prostitute's ass and the people of wall street throwing a midget around. We know it's so wrong, but it's so funny.
The film features a variety of absolutely phenomenal performances. 2014 is just a superb year for performances so far as I've mentioned in a previous review and this is no exception. The Wolf of Wall Street could be the film that finally gets Leonardo DiCaprio his oscar. He's been snubbed too many times and I believe that now is finally his time to shine. But DiCaprio isn't the only one to do a sensational performance. Other sensational performances include Jonah Hill, Mathew McConaughey, Margot Robbie and many others.
The soundtrack for the film is sensational. This is another aspect of the film that is so different to how Scorsese makes his films. What he does the same is that he hardly uses an original song. Most of the music is music some of us hear everyday. This is done again for The Wolf of Wall Street, but it doesn't suit the scene what so ever. Now this may be a bit unusual, but not fitting the scene is perfect. It reminds us that this film is in fact a comedy as the music is oddly sensational. I mean we didn't really need reminding in the film place. We were already laughing our heads off.
The Wolf of Wall Street is the shortest three hour film I've seen in my life. I've seen more then a few films that go for around three hours or just over three or just under three, a few of which I will review soon, but none of them felt as short as this. When the film begun to wrap up I was confused. I thought 'surely it's not over already. I've only been here for like an hour tops!' In fact I'd been watching it for 3.
The film's use of deliberate continuity errors is both a negative and a positive. The biggest problem I had with Shutter Island was that there were more than a few continuity errors. Here, Martin Scorsese returns to his continuity-less glory with plenty of continuity errors. I know that they're deliberate and therefore will not downgrade the film's overall rating, but I can'y help cringing upon the sight of them all.
To sum up The Wolf of Wall Street is Martin Scorsese's funniest film to date. The film features phenomenal performances, a sensational soundtrack, never once felt like it was three hours long and the continuity was irritating, but forgivable.