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THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (Paramount, 2013) D: Martin Scorsese, w/ Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill. Rating: NNNN; Blu-ray package: NNN Rating: NNNN
Martin Scorsese's fast, funny take on the rise and fall of a crooked stockbroker displays the director's trademark high energy, episodic structure, elaborate staging reminiscent of old musicals and non-judgmental fascination with men in extreme circumstances.
Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), after scamming suckers with penny stocks, opens a Wall Street brokerage with his cronies (led by Jonah Hill) and marries a hottie (Margot Robbie). Everybody makes tons of money and fills the office and their lives with massive amounts of sex, drugs and high-end consumer goods. Eventually, the FBI takes an interest.
The entire cast revels in the excess, and they're very funny, never more so than when DiCaprio and Hill launch into their infantile meltdowns. DiCaprio also has some terrific rally-the-troops speeches and a great deal of voice-over narration, all beautifully written and delivered, a joy to hear.
The 20-minute making-of doc deals with actors' and director's perspectives on the work and its meaning.
EXTRAS Making-of doc. English, French, Spanish audio and subtitles.