"The Wolf of Wall Street," directed by Martin Scorsese (who I used to hold high as a directer for making such classic and gritty films like "Taxi Driver, Good Fellas, Cape Fear," just to name a few) has lost his legendary status as a director by making this film. Scorsese portrays the protagonist, who is a sociopath and criminal, by glorifying him to the point of idolization.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" is based on a memoir written by Jordan Belfort, who is a psychopathic, greedy, Wall Street stockbroker in which the movie is based. Belfort is played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who should be embarrassed by acting in this movie (if you can call it a movie). Actually, the movie should have been produced by the cocaine association if there ever was one, for the movie's cocaine use is prevalent throughout the movie. That is, the movie glamorizes drug use, for it demonstrates to the viewer that to be rich and successful you have to abuse cocaine and lie to people. To show the life of a Wall Street criminal's way to the top is one thing, but to show the excessive drug use and profanity is another. That is, the constant profanity and drug use became redundant. The script was empty and shallow by focusing on these two things.
The film's synopses is about Jordan Belfort's rise to the top on Wall Street, where he illegally sales stocks that don't exist, or that are not worth much money. The film shows his rise and fall from Wall Street--from parties, drugs, and sex to his eventually jail sentence of a measly 48 months in a club med jail, where he plays tennis. The movie does not show that he learned his lesson, for we see him at the end of the movie giving speeches to people who want to learn how to be successful and rich.
To conclude, Scorsese has made a movie with a protagonist that has no redeemable qualities, and shot it with a script that a drug induced high school kid could write. Scorsese made the film with the same type of feel as "Goodfellas (1990)," as Belfort talks to the audience with asides, as well as narrate certain scenes. However, there is an absence of emotional connection with any of the characters, which I am sure that is what Scorsese had in mind. That is, in "Goodfellas (1990)" there were characters that the viewer can either relate to or have an emotional attachment to. In "The Wolf of Wall Street," you get none of that. In addition, the story could have been told in a shorter period of time, for the movie is three hours long. Most of the movie is about Belfort having sex, doing drugs with his friends, and committing various crimes. If you want to see a movie similar to this, with a script that has some redeemable characters, check out "Boiler Room (2000). It is a far superior movie without the glorification of drugs and thievery.