A pessimistic thought said that the film is only entertaining if it shows an explosion full of CGI on it. Oscar-caliber films, you name it, aren’t too much in demand by a normal audience. In addition to Oscar films, it applies to film festivals such as Cannes or Toronto. It’s this doctrine that still haunts the distribution of filmmaking, especially in Indonesia. Action, shoot-out, blockbuster, whatever it was, people have the same expectations. Almost they want to spend their time and not choose to watch reality-themed films.
That’s what I called it escapism, the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities. But, I’ll not discuss the philosophy for now. However, how could a film like “The Wolf of Wall Street” be one of the most enjoyable films ever? Regardless of the theme, it can make the audience not want to watch it. And regardless of this movie directed by Martin Scorsese, it’s not really the case.
The story begins with Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), a broker at one of the big companies on Wall Street. This brat really loves his work; while taking a suggestion from Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey) that sucking morphine will make your job better. After quite a while enjoying the results of his work, Belfort left his job because his stock company had to disappear.
Doesn’t make him switch to another job, Jordan Belfort remains a broker again by pioneering career in the same field. From a small stock company to eventually becoming a spree party on his own, he was at the peak. However, the FBI then began investigating the Belfort company and suspected the company was a scam and fraud.
Well, I really don’t think Martin Scorsese has ever directed on “Hugo”, a family-friendly family drama movie. Besides, the director is very well-known for his mafia and religious themes. On top of that, he also likes black comedy. Scorsese used mafia and black comedy as a buffer against what exactly “The Wolf of Wall Street” is. This movie is a package, a film is different from director other works. It’s a crime biopic movie, thick with such a genre, but three hours makes me want to watch it over and over again.
“The Wolf of Wall Street” used a pop-culture approach, without making a biopic should follow the original material or autobiography of the character. In this film, there is no to root for, whether the main character through the antagonist; even though I don’t think there is an antagonist in this film either. In this case, the film used images of the main and original character. I prefer to call it as a surrealism biopic black comedy movie. What a long term.
Scorsese describes the lifestyle of hedonist Jordan Belfort as a corruptor, scammer, and greedy like a scumbag. “The Wolf of Wall Street” is increasingly unique when Scorsese also exposes little by little every detail of the characters and stories in randomly. The movie has so many cursing, counting is another challenge if you don’t enjoy this three-hour film. The movie, in addition, has a lot of explicit content, the sex party, and so on; making conflicts and plots actually only revolve and run in place.
The direction of this movie is so special especially if this is a weird “biopic” as well. In addition to its stuck element, many kinds of interesting and worthy intrigues in this black comedy film. You can count it as DiCaprio’s last speech and many other scenes. Scorsese, besides combining elements of greed, power, and psychology, the emphasis on morality is implied. It’s like a satire, the lifestyle of rich people, with sudden wealth, Jordan Belfort is a satire and trying to laugh at ourselves. The irony, every time it happens in the environment. But sex parties in an office? Okay, I guess.
The chemistry between Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill is magnificent, despite McConaughey stealing the whole performance. Regardless of which, McConaughey also got rid of DiCaprio as the Best Leading Actor for “Dallas Buyers Club”. Both performances are equally insane. However, I consider DiCaprio as Belfort the best. He has a charismatic behind the other side of Jordan Belfort’s driven-insane, wild and passionate life. DiCaprio is able to do it, a transformation of character yet even crazier. There is Jonah Hill as one of the comic relief but it’s an important character as Belfort’s best friend. Margot Robbie is the same as Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio. I think the whole movie has a crazy performance from every character.
“The Wolf of Wall Street” is a show by Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, taboo, yet still has many approaches and subtle messages. I love this movie in terms of thick, satire, and its overlong story and duration. Every time I watch this film again, I forget I’m watching a film about stocks, finance, and marketing. But, it seems like it wasn’t either. Every count of the cursing, I start humming and banging my chest.
4 out of 5 stars.