The Wolf of Wall Street - Movie Review


Apologies for the schedule mix up this week, but I'll instead also be posting thursday, friday and sunday this week. Regular posts will be next week! I just didn't see this film until Monday and I like to think about it instead of a review straight away.

The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, and his rise to wealthy stockbroker, and the fall after the federal government get suspicious of his lifestyle.

Overall, this film is brilliant. It's very well directed (by Scorsese of course), acted, and shot. However, when a film is based on a true story you can't really complain or dislike scenes as they actually happened. As much as this happened, if you don't like sex/nude or drug scenes, then this film probably isn't for you. It's got over 500 uses of the F word, if that counts for anything.

My main bad thing to say is it's too long. It's a 3 hour film and it definitely feels that way. The 3 hour version had been cut from a nearly 4 hour edit, which seems insane. I think even a 15 minute or 30 minute cut out would have made it a lot better and fit better with the pace of the film. The music and editing is fast and snappy, to go with the witty-ness of the film. There is also a couple of scenes that feel quite strange to the film, and out of place...but like I said it's difficult to review something if it actually happened.

My favourite part of the film was definitely the acting. Leonardo DiCaprio was amazing, very funny and witty but also charming although it's really not a person you are meant to like. Jonah Hill was a lot better than I was expecting (with those teeth) and Matthew McConaughey was comical despite having a smaller role than I thought as he's in most of the trailers. My favourite was definitely Jean DuJardin, he's so charismatic and sexy and his role was very good.

Overall, I really, really enjoyed the film however just wish it was 15 minutes or so shorter. I'm not sure oscar wise if it will win anything or not, even though I'd love for Leo to win one soon.


Have you seen this film yet? What did you think?

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  1. I agree it could have been a little bit shorter !
    Overall i enjoyed it but i am actually reading the book at the moment
    which as always is much better than the film so that spoilt it a little bit !
    Got to say i thought Jonah Hill was amazing in this though :)

    1. Jonah Hill was definitely a surprise, from the trailer with those teeth I thought he would be a bit slapstick, instead he really amazed me. I'd like to read the book but I've got so many going on at the minute! Maybe one day.

  2. definitely want to go see this!

  3. I so want to see this film, I think I will try and see it this weekend. Sounds like you really liked it even though its quite long.

  4. I adored this movie so much! Jonah was unreal and Leo was out of this world. If he doesn’t finally win an oscar for this, I don’t know what will do it.

    Dejhana | Waite a Little

  5. I really want to see this film, Scorsese is such a good director and Leo is such a good actor, I hope he wins his Oscar already haha <3


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