Sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Not so much the rock & roll in Jordan Belfort’s daily life when he was young, but it may as well be after Martin Scorsese directed a memorable film about the real man's early career.
Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, was a star stockbroker in his time. He started at the bottom in the late 1980s working under the direction of Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey) on Wall Street. Hanna took Belfort under his wing. He sees potential. From there, the story unfolds into Belfort’s high and low moments, and there are more than a few of both.
Belfort eventually starts his own brokerage firm, Stratton Oakmont. He's living the American Dream. The company’s success elevated quickly and produced many brokers who made a great support team. He was a god. His team was his followers. Just like Hanna, Belfort wanted to see potential in his employees.
While watching the madness of Belfort and his friends’ lifestyle, you’ll witness many, many intakes of drugs and see many, many, naked bodies. Scorsese did not sugarcoat Belfort’s pleasures one bit. You’re going to get everything or else the movie wouldn’t be valid. It may be three hours long, and that might turn some off, but it's one wild ride. Think, but don’t compare it, to ‘The Hangover’ franchise, but in this case there’s business and crime. Yes, in fact, there's comedy throughout.
Many are hailing DiCaprio’s performance in this movie as the best of his career. They are quite right. His portrayal of Belfort with such charm and intense energy makes you feel as if you personally knew him and talked to Belfort once on a phone call about stocks. While his character becomes exhausted and reflective at some points, DiCaprio used his might to show the true contemplation of greed and failure in his eyes.
Margot Robbie, who plays Belfort’s second wife Naomi, is a 23-year-old Australian who speaks with a flawless Brooklyn accent, and she is a marvel. Robbie is remarkable as a housewife with such tenacity to keep her husband level-headed and loves him dearly. Her acting was above and beyond commendable for an actress who’s only worked on a few projects. While her character was undoubtedly an influence and a true love of Belfort, Robbie could’ve done a mediocre job and it would go unnoticed, but she illuminated the screen.
If you want to have a good time, go see this film. By all means don’t go and do some of the scandalous activities the men indulge in, but that’s why it’s entertainment; you get to experience, and perhaps learn, from others' mistakes. Experience the ‘Wolf!’