There are a lot of movie critics talking about The Wolf of Wall Street, and they seem to either love it or hate it.
The latest Martin Scorsese film is another partnership with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays New York stockbroker, Jordan Belfort and highlights his downward spiral into corruption in and out of the office.
Leonard Maltin says, “Without a moral center, ‘Wolf’ seems to revel in this cornucopia of bad behavior.” Diva Velez describes it as “Nearly three hours of repeated debauchery and nasty deeds fails to bring Goodfellas-style bite and tension to a situation where the worst that can happen to the film’s unlikable characters is the possibility of serving time in a cushy jail.”
To contrast those above, Christopher Orr says that the film is “…a magnificent black comedy: fast, funny, and remarkably filthy.” Richard Brody says “Scorsese unleashes a furious, yet exquisitely controlled, kinetic energy, complete with a plunging and soaring camera, mercurial and conspicuous special effects, counterfactual scenes, subjective fantasies, and swirling choreography on a grand scale.”
Set in the late 1980s, the dark film focuses on corporate greed, money, power, women and drugs making it a questionable entertainment choice for many Christians. In fact, the website, We Got this Covered, reports that the movie has been awarded the distinction of having the most F-bombs spoken in one movie. The “F word” is spoken a total of 506 times throughout the 180-minute length of film.
Wolf is based on the book of the same name by Belfort himself and supposedly it is all true. DiCaprio as Belfort narrates the story directly looking at the camera as if he is an expert on the story. He also states that he is an unreliable witness. Though the film and story are said to be true, many of the names of the characters have been changed for the movie.
The Wolf of Wall Street stars Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby, Inception), Jonah Hill (This is the End, Moneyball), Margot Robbie (About Time), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Mud), Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty and TV’s Friday Night Lights) and Rob Reiner (TV’s All in the Family).
The Wolf of Wall Street is rated “R” for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence.