After the Black Monday stock market crash in 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) finds the perfect little boiler room to start over and turn into a rapidly successful brokerage firm, with a steady supply of money, champagne and cocaine. In Martin Scorsese and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter’s hands, the real-life story of convicted Wall Street fraudster Jordan Belfort turns into a dizzying three-hour bacchanal, a dream-like parade of naked women, drugs, booze and horribly bad nouveu-riche taste that goes hand in hand with the late ’80s to early ’90s style. Very entertaining, with an energetic DiCaprio performance… but also a bit too close to earlier works like Casino (1995).
2013-U.S. 180 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Screenplay: Terence Winter. Book: Jordan Belfort. Editing: Thelma Schoonmaker. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio (Jordan Belfort), Jonah Hill (Donnie Azoff), Matthew McConaughey (Mark Hanna), Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler… Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, Joanna Lumley, Spike Jonze.
Golden Globe: Best Actor (DiCaprio).
Last word: “I wanted a close relationship with [Belfort] so that I could weave intimate details into the movie, things that weren’t in the book. I was kind of the middleman between him and Marty, and I would bring pages of notes from my meetings with Jordan – things like this insane orgy on a 747 going to Vegas, chimpanzees in diapers that would skate through the Stratton offices, very intimate stuff about his relationships with women – and Marty was game to try everything. His approach was essentially to put everything onscreen and see what we responded to. It was old-school, really independent filmmaking on a larger scale.” (DiCaprio, Vulture)