The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.

  • Released: 2013-12-25
  • Runtime: 180 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
  • Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Kenneth Choi, P.J. Byrne, Ethan Suplee, Brian Sacca, Henry Zebrowski, Jon Favreau, Cristin Milioti, Joanna Lumley, Jake Hoffman, Christine Ebersole, Shea Whigham, Aya Cash, Katarina Čas, Bo Dietl, Jon Spinogatti, Rizwan Manji, Stephanie Kurtzuba, J. C. MacKenzie, Ashlie Atkinson, Stephen Kunken, Ted Griffin, Sandra Nelson, Dan Bittner, Spike Jonze, Mackenzie Meehan, Thomas Middleditch, Edward Herrmann, Jordan Belfort, Fran Lebowitz, Robert Clohessy, Welker White, Danny Flaherty, Carla Corvo, Madison McKinley, Aaron Lazar, Steve Routman, Steve Witting, Charley Morgan, Michael Nathanson, Kathleen Fellegara, John Behlmann, Ward Horton, Bret Shuford, J.T. O'Connor, Steven Boyer, Danny A. Abeckaser, Matthew Rauch, Michael Izquierdo, Donnie Keshawarz, Johnathan Tchaikovsky, Aaron Glaser, Ben Rameaka, Brian Charles Johnson, Sebastian Tillinger, Chris Riggi, Meghan Rafferty, José Ramón Rosario, Davram Stiefler, Dan Daily, Ben Van Bergen, Matte Osian, Michael Devine, Jason Furlani, Jeremy Bobb, Tom Greer, Sharon Jones, Emily Tremaine, Zineb Oukach, Giselle Eisenberg, Deema Aitken, Ashley Springer, Rémy Bennett, Catherine Curtin, Paul Urcioli, Michael O'Hara, Michael Bryan French, Armen Garo, Garry Pastore, Louis Vanaria, Peter Youngblood Hills, Brendan Griffin, Derek Milman, Victor Verhaeghe, Chris Caldovino, Fileena Bahris, Silvia Kal, Kamron Leal, Tommy Bayiokos, Gianni Biasetti Jr., Rick Bolander, Spenser Granese, Julian Brand, Kenneth Carrella, Austin Farwell, Zach Miko, Tyler Evan Rowe, Stefano Villabona, Gregory Brown, Tucker Bryan, Michael Jefferson, Bryan Burton, Mike Catapano, Steven Conroy, Kelsey Deanne, Maria Di Angelis, Matthew Gooley, London Hall, Rosemary Howard, Chris Kerson, Natasha Kojic, Ben Leasure, Paul Jude Letersky, Will MacAdam, Jeff Moffitt, Chris Nunez, Seregon O'Dassey, Joseph Oliveira, And Palladino, Michael Power, Nicole Rutigliano, Sibyl Santiago, Vitaliy Shtabnoy, Blago Simon, Paul Thornton, Madeleine Wade, David Wenzel, Joe Zaso, Francis Brooke, Jaclyn Keys, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Krista Ashworth, Natalie Bensel, Claudette Lalí, Martin Klebba
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • eoreill - 15 May 2024
    An overindulgent portrayal of a shameless swindler
    I indulged in the guilty pleasure of watching The Wolf of Wall Street - not for the first time - the other night, and when it was over, I felt the same way that I had after previous viewings: icky. It was a sort of movie-watching equivalent of what one might feel after smoking a joint and eating an entire pizza, followed by a box of cookies. Did I enjoy the three hours of get-rich-quick hijinks, taboo-smashing jokes, naked girls, copious drug use, and general bad behavior depicted by a stacked cast and set to a thumping blues-heavy soundtrack? Yes, I admit that I did. Was it good for me? Probably not.

    It's been said (by Leonardo DiCaprio, among others) that Martin Scorsese is a director who isn't afraid to show his characters without judging them, and I have no issue with that. But The Wolf of Wall Street spends almost the entirety of its three hours showing how much fun it is to pursue and achieve wealth with utter disregard for how that pursuit harms other people, and almost no time showing the negative consequences of this behavior. We never see any of the "suckers" that Jordan Belfort and his band of merry thieves get rich swindling (at best, we hear one over the phone) and the suffering inflicted on Belfort's family and friends (his loyal, supportive first wife, for example) is only shown briefly before we're back to another shot of some wild activity involving heaps of cash, drugs, call girls, or all of the above at the same time. Even when Belfort's chickens come home to roost, the consequences are either mostly funny (with regard to his drug use) or not that bad (SPOILER - when he's finally sent to prison, it's the "white-collar, minimum-security resort" variety, not the "federal pound-me-in-the-ass" one). It seems difficult to believe that a decent-sized chunk of the Wolf of Wall Street viewing public - especially young men - don't come away with the feeling that putting aside ethical concerns in order to get rich quick in the world of finance looks like a lot of fun.

    I find it somewhat surprising that a director who has seemed to be particularly interested in morality in other films - from Mean Streets at the beginning of his career to Killers of the Flower Moon most recently - displays such an apparent lack of concern for it here. Perhaps the source material is to blame? (Reading Belfort's memoir seems like more trouble than confirming the theory is worth.) Or Terence Winter's script? I don't want to suggest that I expect films to give me black and white depictions of clear-cut good guys and bad guys, or that I'd like them to hit me over the head with some sort of social message. But a film that shows this much selfish behavior and makes it look like this much fun while spending so little time on its negative consequences, feels... unbalanced, to say the least. Maybe even deceptive. So even though much of The Wolf of Wall Street is quite well done, and full of funny scenes and memorable characters brought to life by great actors (Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey do especially fine work, in my opinion), the sum ends up being less than its parts.
  • camposcetinamauricio - 11 March 2024
    A Scorsese Masterpiece of Excess
    Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" isn't just a film; it's a cinematic tour de force that captures the essence of excess and greed with unparalleled intensity and finesse. Brilliantly acted, superbly written, and impeccably directed, it stands as a testament to Scorsese's mastery of the craft.

    The film opens with a bang, immediately immersing viewers in the fast-paced, high-stakes world of finance. Showy when it needs to be, yet also quiet and contemplative, "The Wolf of Wall Street" offers a panoramic view of the dark underbelly of the American dream. Set against the backdrop of the stock-trading industry, it explores themes of corruption, greed, and self-righteousness with sardonic humor and unflinching honesty.

    Leonardo DiCaprio delivers a tour de force performance as Jordan Belfort, the charismatic yet deeply flawed protagonist. His portrayal captures the intensity and tragedy of Belfort's journey, drawing viewers into a world of moral ambiguity and ethical dilemmas.

    The supporting cast, including Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie, delivers equally stellar performances, bringing depth and complexity to their respective roles. Together, they create a rich tapestry of characters, each with their own motivations and desires.

    At its core, "The Wolf of Wall Street" is a story about the corrosive effects of money and power. It's a cautionary tale about the allure of wealth and the moral compromises it entails. Through Belfort's rise and fall, Scorsese explores the darker aspects of human nature, challenging viewers to confront their own complicity in a world driven by greed.

    Scorsese's direction is impeccable, infusing the film with infectious energy and power. From its lightning-fast pacing to its stunning cinematography, every aspect of the film is executed with precision and skill. The script, penned by Terence Winter, crackles with wit and intelligence, delivering memorable dialogue and sharp social commentary.

    "The Wolf of Wall Street" is not just a film; it's an experience. It's a three-hour rollercoaster ride of excess, greed, and debauchery that leaves viewers breathless and exhilarated. With its unapologetic portrayal of Wall Street excess, it stands as one of Scorsese's finest achievements and a testament to the power of cinema to provoke thought and challenge conventions.

    In a landscape cluttered with forgettable films, "The Wolf of Wall Street" shines as a beacon of cinematic excellence. It's a film that demands to be seen, discussed, and celebrated for years to come. Simply put, it's a masterpiece.
  • freethinkingworld - 25 December 2022
    After Thoughts
    Again this is another glaring hole in my watchlist, but I'm not going to lie, I think this movie was a little over hyped for me. It's not a bad movie at all! I just had a lot of my friends talk it up like it's one of the best movies every and one if Martin Scorsese's best films, and I don't quite agree with that. I don't even think it's Leonardo DiCaprio's best performance. Both the movie for and performance are both really good and a great film to have in both Leo's and Scorsese's catalog. But not the best. Overall it a fun ride and an entertaining viewing experience, and is worth the watch. Great performances and fun witty writing. Lots here to be enjoyed.
  • dan55304 - 25 August 2022
    Adolescent drivel
    I wanted to like this movie but just couldn't hang in there. The writers finally found an outlet for their middle school fantasies. Just not enjoyable in any way.
  • jonflottorp - 23 July 2022
    Great in every way.
    Wolf of wall street is one of the best movies i've ever seen, everything about it is great.

    The acting is great Leonardo Dicaprio is great as Jordan Belfort.

    I love Jonah Hill in it, but i love him in every movie he's in.

    The cinematography is great.

    I love this movie and i think everyone should watch it. 10/10.