I’ve always loved the roles played by Leonardo DiCaprio. He takes on very different characters for each movie he stars and is never one to be “pigeon holed” into any particular character profile.
In his latest, The Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a New York Stock Broker in the 1980s. The film is based on the true story of “back in the days” of Wall Street’s excess beyond your wildest dreams complete with sex, drugs and corruption. Think the Hangover only instead of Vegas it’s Wall Street. But yes, you do wonder…was this for real? While we all know that Hollywood is good at embellishing, the film definitely made for a fun ride!
In the 80s, when the markets were soaring and Robin Leach was wishing us champagne and caviar dreams it was time of fast cars, fast women and recreational drugs. The Wolf on Wall Street takes you to that place. DiCaprio starts as naive stock broker in a brokerage firm with Matthew McConaughey’s slick character Mark Hanna, as his mentor. He’s given fast sales tips and a chest-beating chant but quickly things turn for the worse and everyone takes a nose dive when the markets around the world crash now famously known as Black Monday. Hungry to succeed he takes his sales skills and lands into the even shadier side of investments in the penny stock market. Belfort rose to become wealthy stockbroker but as fast as he clawed his way up the food chain, he quickly spirals downward from one bad scene to the next. The audience was absolutely in fits of laughter in one particular scene where Belfort attempts to get back into his Lambourgini at the Country Club. You’ll see!!! CRAZY!
Jonah Hill plays Donny Azoff, Balfourt right hand man, and injects hysterically funny ad libbed moments into the film — It’s priceless! Australian access Margot Robbie plays Belfort’s second “trophy” wife, Naomi. I can’t believe she’s what…23?
The Wolf of Wall Street is directed by Martin Scorsese.
Here’s the official trailer…