Wolf has bite
As filtered through an astonishing, abrasively nuanced performance from DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street follows a demented urge to be in your face and on your nerves at all times.
Scenes of Belfort and his extended entourage losing themselves in a blizzard of cocaine and prostitutes are in plentiful supply. It takes a lot these days for a production to warrant being whacked with an R18+ rating, and The Wolf of Wall Street aggressively enters this zone with no intent of turning back.
Understandably, the film has copped heat in some quarters for glorifying Belfort’s badness at the expense of any rigorous analysis of the havoc he so happily wrought.
Shouldn’t the story of a man who took so many people for a ride be more concerned with the man than the ride?
Scorsese and DiCaprio brazenly evade a guilty verdict through the consistent deployment of sheer cinematic panache.
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