On Saturday I attempted to go and see The Wolf of Wall Street. With us in Johannesburg being in the middle of a heatwave, I didn’t think a lot of people would be wanting to go to movies and so I didn’t consider booking. EPIC FAIL! Turns out after the Academy Awards nominations on Thursday and the massive response to Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, everyone wanted to go and see it at Hyde Park. So off my friend and I went to another cinema, thinking that would be quiet too… Well! So Saturday wasn’t dedicated to that, instead it was dedicated to a boring night in watching mindless television. Not too bad, but a little bit of sex, drugs and the dark side of Wall Street would’ve been better.
So after my swim yesterday, I decided to book tickets this time around. I had another epic fail in that I thought we were right at the back of the cinema – perfect seats. It turns out the screen was right up front and so my neck isn’t loving me today, but I got to see the film anyway and here’s what I thought. It’s dark. It’s edgy. It’s enlightening. It’s fantastic. I can see what all the fuss is about. Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the best actors of our time and to see him in a role like this is great. He encapsulates all the characteristics I came to know in Jordan Belfort’s biography. He’s just so damn convincing. The emotional roller coaster ride he takes you on is simply superb. Jonah Hill is fantastic in the role of Donnie Azoff too. I’ve always known him to be a funny guy, but in a film like this you really get to see his acting talent and it’s no wonder he has been nominated for an Academy Award. Plus the world has been introduced to the absolutely gorgeous, Margot Robbie. She plays the role of Leo’s second wife in the film and that accent is on point. Beautiful and a great actress too. She reminds me of a young Charlize Theron, who got her big break in The Devil’s Advocate opposite Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino back in 1997 – and look at what that did for Charlize… I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the future. Scorsese doesn’t hold back anything. There is a lot of sex, coupled with a excessive drug taking and money spending. The high life, literally.
I remember reading the book a few years ago and I was completely captivated by the story. I think most of us dream about being mega rich, gallivanting around the Caribbean on our yachts or something along those lines. I, for one, am not a hugely materialistic person, but I love traveling and I want the house I’ve always longed for. I also want to have a family and do the very best I can for them. Having money does help for those sorts of things. So when I come across stories like this, I’m interested to see how these individuals get to this point. I wasn’t expecting his story to be as blunt and honest as it was and even though I’m not a drug user, his story is still very inspiring in its own way. This comes across really well in the movie too. There are points where you actually want to climb into the screen and tell Leo (Jordan) to just admit defeat, claim responsibility and act like a man. All his lies, his sneaking and sleeping around eventually all come to a head and he’s forced to deal with the ramifications. It’s intense! You’ll also get to see the real Jordan towards the end of the film… Look out for him.
Look, I got a little twitchy towards the end. I guess that’s normal after close on three hours, but it’s a great film. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to do so before them Oscars.