Wolf of Wall Street surprised me. After reading the book I immediately concluded that the film would suck which was only half right. The film had its moments but it was too fucking long. Naturally, people would complain that The Dark Knight & Dark Knight Rises were too long but apparently three hours of Leo yelling fuck is fine.
Leo was his usual brilliant self but he didn’t capture the real Jordan Belfort which is obvious when you see the idiot at the end looking coked up. Jonah Hill was the best thing about this film and even then the film could’ve allowed for some more Danny Porush/Donnie Azoff magic. Shirtless McConaughey was great as Mark Hanna and that was really the best scene of the film where he describes to young Leo that people are just idiots looking for hope.
Margot Robbie didn’t do anything besides look great naked. Jon Berthal was a stellar Brad, and whoever played Wigwam nailed him as well. This film did succeed in one aspect, which is that both film and book had repetitive moments that did nothing more than emphasize the point that rich people really do have great lives…even when their lives suck.
I’m glad I didn’t see this in theaters to avoid having to re-teach my ass how to function after it undoubtedly would go numb sitting down for so long. See this online or on DVD, where you can watch it in parts and finish it in ten weeks. Seriously people, American Hustle is way better than this.