I remember when I first saw the trailer for The Wolf Of Wall Street, and I instantly thought it was one of those rare ones that made you ‘know’ this film was going to be awesome. Now, there are lots of trailers out there that make you ‘think’ that, but the films end up being just good, average, or even shit. So when I say this is rare, it’s because I mean that the trailer actually makes you think that the film can’t be anything other than amazing with how good it looks.
Now, it could easily be argued that it’s the talent in front of and behind the camera that would pollute this thinking, especially when I really like or love all of Martin Scorsese’s and Leonardo DiCaprio’s films together, such as Shutter Island, The Departed, The Aviator, and Gangs of New York, so I may just agree I’m biased towards the trailer. But this trailer was damn good, and I still had high hopes that the film was going to be as awesome as it looked for those 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
Some people might also say things might get stale when people work together too often such as Scorsese and DiCaprio have done over the last 10 years, but those 5 films are still a few off the 8 great ones he made with Robert De Niro during the mid seventies to mid nineties. So in this case, familiarity has only bred awesomeness, and on both fronts, with his partnerships with his two key male leads bringing only about great work.
Well, The Wolf Of Wall Street itself is one of those rare epic films that doesn’t need massive CG effects or set pieces to be epic, but is instead epic by virtue of the story, character arcs, and the general deeper scope of the themes underneath. It’s damn lengthy, so be prepared for a long haul, but as this takes you on a storytelling adventure with twists and turns galore, that really does elevate this film instantly into the ethos of classic films, you’ll find yourself not minding the length and just holding on for the ride.
I can see where people have criticised the film with its borderline pornographic and hedonistic scenes, and the way it didn’t really touch on the real consequences on the victims of the crimes within the film. Because as you may not know, this is based on a true story and if you didn’t know that before going in, like I didn’t, you’ll swear there’s no way any of this could have happened for real. Yet, it did.
Though I do hit on some films for not giving enough coverage of certain other issues within the film, like I thought about Captain Phillips not dealing with the motivations of the pirates enough, but with this film I think they nailed what they needed to tell. It’s like what I thought with Company Men, which was telling one side of the story of the 2008 financial crisis, as all the other sides had already been told, and if you start trying to tell everything possible in every film about a subject, it can muddle not only the film but the message of the film itself.
So I feel the Wolf Of Wall Street told the exact story it was meaning to, and got across the message of abhorrent behaviour very clearly, while also showing that the fact they kind of got away with things shows the sickness within our society as a whole.
9.5 out of 10 from me!!!