The Wolf of Wall Street is based on a true story. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who gets wildly successful in the ’80s via crime, sin, and corruption.
It’s the latest, three and a half hour long Martin Scorsese film, and it’s seriously polarising. Critics and movie-goers around the world have called it brilliant, perverted, captivating, disgusting, masterful, awful, sexist, homophobic, clever… and also extremely long.
It’s savagely divided the Mamamia office, so we asked writers Avi Vince and Kate Leaver to get involved in a battle of the reviews.
Check out the trailer for a taste of its crazy decadence:
Avi Vince: Why we loved it.
1. It’s based on a true story.
I am a complete sucker for anything that is remotely based on truth. I feel like I am watching something original. I spent the entire movie thinking “Is this for f*cking real?” (Right from the first scene.) And then realised, it WAS real. Some of the ridiculousness that this guy lived is incredibly unbelievable. So unbelievable that it is fascinating to watch. And your mouth might be open in shock. And you might be slightly offended. Or a lot offended.
2. Margot Robbie’s in it.
And Margot Robbie is “amazingness” in a person. And her character is a no-BS character. So nice to see a strong woman even though she is with an idiot. I also love her accent – she totally aced it.
3. There is this one scene…
Don’t worry I won’t give it away…when Leo and Jonah do way too many drugs (this happens a lot) and are fighting over the phone. It is so funny, I may have cried a little. And peed a little too. There is also this scene when Leo thinks one thing happened but once he comes out of his drugged up state, realises a completely different thing happened. Peed here too.
4. Even though it is about the stock market, I understood this movie.
With most financey movies I usually just watch everything that goes on around the money stuff. And then ask my husband what the finance stuff meant and why was everyone so upset. But the way they did this movie, it was done in the right way that didn’t assume you had extensive knowledge of the stock market. (P.S. I have knowledge in other things.)
5. Jordan Belfort is a good guy.
Even though Leo’s character is super shady and does a million things that you won’t like him for, at the end of the day he is extremely loyal and really just wants everyone around him to make lots of money to be happy and successful. What the movie doesn’t go into is what happens after the movie ends. While serving prison time Jordan Belfort cleans up his act. He no longer takes drugs or drinks alcohol. He has taught the regulators of the stock exchange how to catch criminals like him by revealing all of his secrets. Each year he trains the new-recruit auditors on how to catch criminals like him. And he is a motivational speaker and helps sales employees be the best at their job. So he turned out to be a nice guy.