‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
Martin Scorsese has his favorites. Once he has one picked, he latches on to them and doesn’t let go. Fortunately for the movie world, he tends to latch onto the best. His latest film, following the extremely successful ‘Hugo’ is ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ which, like Hugo is a bit of a departure from his usual style. A black comedy about a New York stockbroker, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who is unwilling to cooperate with a fraud case involving high level Wall Street corruption.
This marks the fifth film that Scorsese has made with DiCaprio as the star, but Leo is by no means the only name on the cast list either. The film will also include some names who are on a fantastic rise at the moment, such as Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler and Jean Dujardin. You can see that Scorsese is heading in the comedy direction, as his cast members are clearly adept in the comedy realm, particularly Jonah Hill, but McConaughey also made his name early in his career with a number of romantic comedies.
The trailer looks fantastic, and the film is sure to be extremely entertaining. It does look absolutely bizarre at times though, almost as if Scorsese wants to portray the manic world of Wall Street, using equally manic methods. We see some particularly strange, but amusing, encounters between DiCaprio and McConaughey in the trailer and I have a great feeling about the two of them working together.
The story itself is based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort, the real life broker who wrote about his time and is now a motivational speaker and author. I won’t divulge any of the details of the memoir, in an effort not to spoil the events of the film, but just know that they are wild and perfect for the big screen.
Scorsese and DiCaprio
Back in the 70’s and 80’s, Scorsese formed a fantastic movie one-two punch with Robert DeNiro. Films such as ‘Mean Streets’, ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘New York, New York,’ ‘Raging Bull,’ ‘Cape Fear’ and ‘Goodfellas’ were all big hits for the pair. It seems like Scorsese is looking to do the same with his newer partner in crime, DiCaprio. Over the past ten years, Leo and Martin have put out some fantastic stuff, so let’s take a look at the duos work together.
Gangs of New York (2002)
A slightly polarizing picture, but highly entertaining for those that it appealed to, Leo starred alongside Cameron Diaz and Daniel Day-Lewis as a young man who spends his life seeking vengeance on the rival gang leader who killed his father years before. Uber-violent and a little strange at times, the film was still an epic affair that featured some fantastic scenes.
The Aviator (2004)
I find that this film is highly under valued at times, and is little spoken about, but actually a fantastic biopic of director and aviator Howard Hughes, who was a brilliant genius, but also highly troubled at times. The film follows his successes and failures in both his work and his personal life, and quite frankly, does so quite brilliantly. It is a little long, but the life of Howard Hughes cannot be summed up in any less, and Leo is in great form here.
The Departed (2006)
In many opinions, this is one of Scorsese’s best work, and it is the best of the pair’s movies together. Based on a Hong Kong crime thriller, the movie stars DiCaprio as a cop who infiltrates the mob, and Matt Damon as a mob member, who simultaneously infiltrates the police force. A brilliant concept, executed flawlessly, and with a lot of help from Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg it managed to bring home the Oscar. Rightfully so.
Shutter Island (2010)
Based on the fantastic novel by Dennis Lehane, this film pushed Leo to his limits again. A thriller/horror, ‘Shutter Island’ has DiCaprio investigating a case at a mental hospital, where nothing is as it seems. The film is a terrifying, mind-bender that can be pretty disturbing at times, and attempts to keep you guessing. Unfortunately this isn’t the case for everyone, but whether you predict the outcome or not, the experience is still fantastic enough in itself.