Saturday, January 25, 2014
STARS: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughey, Rob Reiner
DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese
GENRE: Dark Comedy
The first hour or so of The Wolf Of Wall Street is an out of control, never ending pep rally with cheerleaders who are out of their minds screaming right into your ear. It's excessive and annoying, like a nagging spouse trying to make the same point over and over when you already got it the first time. Which fits in, I suppose, with a film about excess and greed taken to ludicrous limits ( based on the book of the same name by the infamous swindler Jordan Belfort. ) If you make it through that part of the movie without cashing out and leaving the theater, The Wolf Of Wall Street pays substantial dividends the rest of the way.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are gut-busting funny as drug addled stock brokers riding the crest of an artificially created financial wave that is about to crash into the rocks as it gets closer to shore. With a cast of "thousands" of literally hysterical hangers-on and bosomy beauties letting it all hang out in an orgiastic microcosm of what the world would be like if we all followed our base instinct to live for nothing but our own self- satisfaction without regard to consequence.
Grade: B +