On Christmas day, one of the fall's most anticipated movies opened: "The Wolf of Wall Street." Although the film, like so many that open in December, is speculated to be an Academy Awards contender, it has nothing to do with sacred holidays. It features individuals determined to live secular holiday lives to the extreme.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" tells the true story of Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), an ambitious young stock broker who lost his job when the market crashed in the late 1980s. Shortly after this, he starts his own firm with Donnie Azoff (played by Jonah Hill). Jordan hires some of his friends to work for him. They do not have financial experience, but he trains them to be successful. The firm cons people into buying penny stocks. It is very successful. Jordan, Donnie and the other employees spend much of the money on drugs and prostitutes. Eventually, the firm gets the attention of the FBI, and Agent Denham (played by Kyle Chandler) works hard to bring down Jordan.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" is directed by Martin Scorsese, who does a great job showing the callous lives of these stock brokers. They party hard, do a lot of drugs, and drink. Scorsese also shows the consequences of this life as the feds work hard to bring them down.
This movie features amazing performances from everyone in the cast. Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent. He shows that his character is smartly ambitious, but also completely immoral. Jonah Hill is also great. His character also lacks values. Another strong performance is from Rob Reiner, who plays Jordan's ill-tempered dad.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" is not a film for everyone as it features nonstop profanity, drug use, and sexuality. None of the main characters in the film possess any redeeming qualities. But for people who do not mind these elements, it is a great film.