The Wolf of Wall Street (★★★★★)
After experimenting with different genres for the last several years, director Martin Scorsese is back with a film that can be best described as vintage Scorsese. ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is the true story of Jordan Belfort, a cutthroat stockbroker that makes millions by deceiving his clients to invest in crummy stocks. Jordan is portrayed by Leonard DiCaprio, who does a fantastic job at playing a grade A scumbag. In fact, that’s one of the stranger things about this film: Aside from maybe Kyle Chandler’s rather small role and the incredible Rob Reiner, every single character in The Wolf of Wall Street is a genuine douchebag that you’re rooting against for the entire film. They’re sexist, they’re homophobic, they’re racist, they’re these slimeballs that sit atop their mountain of coke and hookers and poke fun at everyone that’s not as rich and sleazy as they are. They’re the worst people ever. Yet the film — all three hours of it — is completely fascinating.
At some point ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is going to offend you. If you can get past that, you’re in for some vintage Scorsese brilliance.