Scorsese, in his fifth collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, once again proved the greatness of film history. The role of the stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) provides in the film for a huge amount of fun and variety – A packed load of comedy and obscenity awaits the viewer in the movie “The Wolf Of Wall Street”. To what extent does the film overlap with other epics of the director of “Goodfellas” and “Casino” and is it worth watching the movie? We find it out for you in a detailed film review of the strip!
Leonardo Wilhelm “Leo” DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film actor, producer and Oscar winner. He is one of the highest paid and most successful contemporary actors in Hollywood and works regularly with renowned directors.
The calm before the storm
As part of the promotional tour to “The Wolf Of Wall Street” master director Martin Scorsese revealed that his career end is in sight. He still has a couple of films in his quiver, then he should probably finish. Since the Oscar winner (for “Departed: Under enemies”) is now already over 70, such a statement hardly surprised. But on the other hand, you can get a Martin Scorsese, the already very different genres put his mark on and moreover, with success on documentaries, music videos (“Bad” by Michael Jackson) and since 2010 on a TV series (“Boardwalk Empire”) tried Hardly imagined as a retiree, because his work is still incredibly vital and full of artistic joy of discovery – at a level that most younger colleagues do not even reach. This is especially true of the latest film Scorsese: In the virtuoso-satirical satire “The Wolf Of Wall Street”, he shows his energetic side, presents us a kind of stock market “Goodfellas” on coke, coming close to the class of his masterpiece approach. The snappy portrait of a dazzling financial juggler is also the temporary culmination of Scorsese’s long-standing collaboration with leading actor Leonardo DiCaprio. And as the director undermines the rules of classical biopic, indulges in unrestrained satirical exaggeration, but also lets drama and suspense come to their rights – that’s really great cinema.
The word f ** k was used 569 times in the movie, so this is the most widely used word in any mainstream movie.
Story of a cheater
In the early nineties, 26-year-old stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) is on top. With the company he founded Stratton Oakmont he earned last time $ 49 million a year, his second wife Naomi (Margot Robbie) is a hot bombshell, one party chasing the next and his associates idolize him. When he came to Wall Street four years ago, it looked very different – though he quickly found a mentor in veteran broker Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey) who not only introduced him to the extravagant life of drugs and prostitutes , but also shows him how clever business stores as much money as possible in your own pocket. But then comes October 19, 1987, the Black Monday, the biggest stock market crash after the Second World War: After the bankruptcy of his company Belfort must see how he gets along with his wife Teresa (Cristin Milioti). He sells cheap stocks to housewives, retirees and teachers in a klitsche and soon realizes that you can make a lot of money in this barely monitored trading segment. Together with the youngster Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) and some half-silk acquaintances, he sets himself up and starts his rapid ascent: the millions are flowing, life becomes the only party, the wear of drugs and prostitutes goes immeasurably. But FBI agent Patrick Denham (Kyle Chandler) has long been keeping an eye on Belforts activities …
Right on point
In “The Wolf Of Wall Street” everything is a question of perception, even the very first sequence reveals the discrepancy between (self-) representation and reality. After a glossy commercial for Stratton Oakmont, a seemingly outspoken reputable company, Scorsese shows us what’s really going on in the company: young men, who would certainly not be trusted with their money, throw small dandies across the office for their amusement. The stockbrokers appear as jugglers and lucky knights – and Jordan Belfort is the most dazzling among them. His gullible customer, he ultimately sells dreams of a better life, unlike today in times of ongoing financial and banking crisis charismatic brokers like him at the beginning of the 90s still blind trusted and he knew how to use. This is illustrated by Scorsese and his screenwriter Terence Winter (“The Sopranos”) with a brilliant gimmick: they mainly take Belfort’s subjective perspective and thus make the audience an accomplice and a victim of the broker at the same time. DiCaprio’s protagonist comments on the action not only from the off, but turns from the screen directly to the audience and whispers this sometimes conspiratorial something. When he rides along the street in the red Ferrari, he even intervenes correctively and protests that the car was white, whereupon the color changes immediately. The narrative is pointed out in an elegant manner, the subjective coloring: this man is not to be trusted – nor is Scorsese’s pictures.
Between two worlds – back and forth
By deliberately one-sided narrative (Belts main autobiography as well as personal conversations Winters with today’s motivational speaker) provoked Scorsese skillfully an irritation. When the protagonist enters about the small suburban stock market (including, among others, “Her” director Spike Jonze as abgehalftertem cheap broker) is like so many scenes so mercilessly exaggerated funny that you inevitably wonder if “narrator” Belfort here do not exaggerate. Even the moments when he is not there, are influenced by his point of view: the in his office on statistics brooding FBI agent Denham as it shows us in between again and again Scorsese, is almost exactly Belforts mocking idea of the work of the overcorrect pedant correspond. Anyway, the contrast between the government official in the worn out suit and his boring diagrams and Belfort in expensive thread surrounded by exciting women is no coincidence. And so it does not surprise, even though the audience succumbs to the charm of the seductive protagonist, although he is clearly a huge, permanently fucked asshole. This intriguing aura is exploited by the real Belfort (who in the end announces himself as the greatest motivator in the world in a cameo appearance) to this day, and she finds adequate expression through one of the planet’s biggest movie stars.
The film production companies Red Granite Pictures, Sikelia Productions, Appian Way Productions and EMJAG Productions were involved in the realization of the film. 
The film was shot from August 25, 2012 to January 12, 2013, including in New York City with an estimated film budget of $ 100 million. With Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau and Spike Jonze, three filmmakers known as directors appeared in supporting roles. Jordan Belfort has a cameo appearance in the final scene of the film as a motivator in a motivational training. Bo Dietl plays himself in the movie.
The theatrical release in the United States took place on December 25, 2013. In Germany, the film was released on January 16, 2014 in theaters. He rose in the first week in the first place of the German cinema charts and held this position in the following week. The film reached more than 1,000 visitors per copy on the opening weekend and then more than a million visitors in ten days, qualifying for the Bogey Award in two categories. On May 30, 2014, Universal Pictures Germany released the film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc with an FSK-16 release.
United for the fifth time
Leonardo DiCaprio plays in his fifth collaboration with Martin Scorsese as unleashed: When his Jordan Belfort pulls cocaine from the butt of a prostitute to kick off, the direction is set. The broker was by his own admission back then always high and now leads us DiCaprio accordingly through the various stages of drug abuse – from the euphoric king of the world, who celebrates like a Messiah, to the total wreck, the unabated drooling drooling down a flight of stairs. The usual charismatic DiCaprio lets us look into the soul of a soul vendor and thus leads an impressive cast in which even the smallest roles are spectacularly occupied. Amongst such stars as Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”) and Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”), the new discovery Margot Robbie (“All a matter of time”) stands out as Naomi. Her figure is pure sex, on her first appearance Belfort can hardly think straight and his buddy Donnie begins to masturbate in the middle of the party in front of everyone. But Naomi is not only exciting, but also self-confident and Robbie goes hand in hand with sex and acting, for example, when she seduces her later husband on the first date together and literally robs him of his mind or if they have the easy to have after a fight, but Nevertheless unreachable dream woman gives (even if this really grandiose moment in the end a cheap joke is sacrificed).
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The cocaine scenes were filmed by crushing vitamin B tablets as it looks almost the same.
Comedy with a little spice
It was not for nothing that “The Wolf Of Wall Street” was nominated in the category “Best Comedy” at the Golden Globes. The most accurate satire is Scorsese’s funniest film since “The After-Midnight” of 1985, if not his entire career. This is not least due to the ranks of equally absurd as well as brilliantly incarnate secondary characters, who at times skim sharply to the caricature. Jonah Hill (“21 Jump Street,” “This Is The End”) is a sighted Donnie with oversized, over-whitened teeth, thick glasses, and tasteless pullovers, and his depiction of his marriage to his cousin (Mackenzie Meehan) is one the comic highlights of the movie. In addition, Jordan’s crew includes a fitness freak (Jon Bernthal), who can never be seen without sweatpants, a permanently teased toupee wearer (P.J. Byrne) and an Asian (Kenneth Choi), who never lets his fingers go. The bird shoots but director Rob Reiner (“Harry & Sally”) as Jordan’s father and consultant “Mad Max” from. Within seconds, he switches between ballooning outbursts of rage and a distinguished-mannered British accent. Even his introduction is true comedy gold: He wants to comfortably watch the series “The Equalizer”, is interrupted by the phone and completely freaks out … By the way, there is an episode with the distinctive Steve Buscemi as a guest star, the main character of “Boardwalk Empire” – one of the many – all in all unnecessary – allusions to the joint series by director Scorsese and author Winter.
In Anlehnung an alte Klassiker
Together with his regular editor Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese worked until the very last minute on the editing of “The Wolf Of Wall Street” to be able to release the film in 2013 and thus send it to the Oscar race. Allegedly, there were two problems: too much sex and a maximum length of three hours specified by the rental company. However, the finished film does not necessarily give the impression that Scorsese had defused something – scenes like the big sex orgy in an airplane would probably only be more explicit in porn. That the runtime at the end is two hours and 59 minutes, should not be a coincidence, but still applies: Even if one or the other aspect could have been designed even more accurate and detailed and a guest star like Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) would earn a few minutes more, “The Wolf Of Wall Street” looks very round. This is different here, as in the case of “Django Unchained”, in which Quentin Tarantino at the end of 2012 also worked to the last second in the editing room. But while there one had the impression that the director would have done something different (and better) if he had had more time, such an idea on “The Wolf Of Wall Street” never intrudes on: Scorsese to his masterpieces “Goodfellas” and “Casino” reminiscent stock market satire is another brilliantly staged highlight in an incomparable career.
Conclusion: Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street” is an outstanding stock market satire, which does not quite come up to earlier masterpieces like “Goodfellas”, but shows the director once more on the amount of time.