The latest Martin Scorsese’s film staring Leonardo Dicaprio and Jonah Hill didn’t bring home any Oscars. Some say that the movie is just a porn; some say it lacks some depth, some say it’s too long, some even say that Leo doesn’t deserve an Oscar with this movie.
Despite how some people are perceiving the movie as a pure comedic, low-class hollywood movie, I personally find it very inspiring in a peculiar way. Similar to many audience out there (especially male), I enjoyed every bit of the movie. The dramatic expressions, the interesting dialogues, the nudity and sex, and etc. For the entire 180 minutes, I sat still on the chair barely blinking my eyes. The whole thing was like a wonder, a collection of insane acts that our parents and teachers never dare talking about at school. It was just so entertaining and fresh new (to me, at least).
Not to mention how smooth the story flows from one scene to another (Scorsese knows how to present his story), I do also find how the message of the movie was being profoundly presented. We’ve seen Ang Lee, Christopher Nolan or David Fincher’s works and have had some ideas about how a great movie must be like. There was even a saying that goes: “an award winning movie is usually something that confuses you” (ironic but sort of true in some way). The wolf of wall street, however, takes an entirely new direction: throwing everything that was happening in front of your face, without trying to flood your head with hollow philosophies. (You don’t even need to understand stocks.)
So what difference does it make to present the story this way? When you think about it, what’s being projected in the movie is both insane and exhilarating. It portrays the beast inside of everyone of us. Jordan Belfort set himself loose in order to satisfy his crave for money. There was nothing else in his world but spending money and feeling high. Isn’t that fun and exciting to watch? In fact in real life, millions of human beings are pursuing the same luxuries, thinking about what we could have done with that fortune. None of us, however, thought about what does it mean to be in that position, to be able to do all these things that we weren’t allowed, or capable to do. Having able to witness all these insanity kind of sets off something new in my brain. It’s like a test. If you felt gross, or uncomfortable for one moment, watching Leo and Jonah go crazy and ridiculous in that film, you have also probably triggered something deep inside your heart about what really matters in life, at least I have. And this is what fascinates me.
A 4.5 star movie for me. Go watch it if you haven’t. Leo is unbelievably awesome.