Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort(Leonardo DiCaprio), from his rise from a Long Island penny stockbroker to a wealthy stockbroker with his own company and band of greedy cohorts, most notably Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) his magnetic and cheesy-minded right-hand man Living the high life of drugs, pussy, money, crime and corruption nothing can stand in his way. Until that is the federal government lead an investigation into his company led by FBI Agent Patrick Denham (Kyle Chandler).
Its most likely been said about this movie that the cast is what drives the fun, I mean Belfort is the bad guy as are the rest but you really do root for them! The on screen chemistry between DiCaprio and Hill is genus, the funniest portray of being royally fucked up I have seen in a movie! Loads of the film was improvised, which Scorsese encourages his actors to do, which helps with bringing it in to the audience too! The story as a whole has a fantastic arch, steady paced and full of laughs. The comedy is in the ridiculousness of the whole thing, these guys start of essentially sane and basically devolve into jabbering school boys who’s only cares are money drugs and pussy! However for all of the drugs and laughs the story is what this movie is about, it’s not one smutty joke or bush flash after another, it’s a tale of what the excesses of greed and corruption can do.
Why did I choose this movie, well it’s been all the buzz with everyone I know who had seen it, and tipped to have Leo grab his first Oscar. All I knew about the movie before I went in to see it was that it was based on a true story and that it was all about Wall Street in the late 1980s. What I didn’t know was that it would last 3 flipping hours! I mean it was good but it’s pretty much like sitting down to watch Wall Street and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps right after each other. It is infectiously entertaining but the sort of movie I could only watch once in a while!