One of the best for last!
I didn’t expect to be blown away for my last viewing of 2013, but Director Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street with a fabulous script by Terence Winter and the usual superb editing of Thelma Schoonmaker has the non-stop energy and brashness to make it one of the best films of the year.
Based on the true story of the corrupt stockbroker and drug addict Jordan Belfort, who bilked clients out of millions in the ‘80s, the 3-hour film moves like lightning with outstanding performances by Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Rob Reiner and a host of others.
What makes the film truly great is not that you’re pulling for Belfort. You’re not. He and his partners are greedy bastards. But, Scorsese’s artistry takes you on a wild ride to keep you, constantly, enthralled with their bold, outlandish operation and the fact they got away with it for so long.
The Wolf Of Wall Street is Scorsese at his best and deserves a 5 out of 5.