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The Wolf Of Wall Street

Based on the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort, "The Wolf Of Wall Street" is the story of an ill-fated genius that`s nicknamed "The Wolf of Wall Street"; the story of a sleek-talking, hotshot stock broker who referred to himself as a king and carry out his bidding. During the day, Belfort chunked out thousands of dollar in a minute only to spend it all on vices such as drugs, sex and a globe trotting spree. However, the brokerage firm, Stratton Oakmont became famous and quickly turned out to be one of the biggest scandals in its time. Belfort was put in prison for close to two years for the crime of selling purportedly profitable stocks at inflated prices.

Language: English
Subtitle: Chinese
Classification: R21
Release Date: 9 Jan 2014
Genre: Drama / Crime / Biography
Running Time: 2 Hours 45 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau
Director: Martin Scorsese
Format: 2D

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Writer: Lorraine Tan

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Watch this if you liked: “Wall Street”.

"The Wolf of Wall Street" is based on a true story of a young and promising broker, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) who enters into Wall Street full of ambitions and dreams. However due to the financial crisis in 80s called Black Monday, his dreams were crushed and he is forced to look elsewhere to carve out a career in order to support his family.

Directed by Martin Scorsese, this is DiCaprio's fifth collaboration with Scorsese. This is one of DiCaprio's finest comedic performances, which includes moments like him thumping his chest along with fellow actor, Matthew McConaughey, who plays his boss. The script is also unexpected from the usual films relating to financial crisis, but it works because it portrayed a happier and more positive side of the crisis.

Along with riches, comes the aspect of sex and drugs. Belfort is lured to the dark side of the world, throwing extravagant parties and doing obscene acts, a stark contrast compared to when he first entered the industry. Belfort's fall has led to multiple issues in life, his wife, his addiction and the yearning to possess more money. It is rather sad to watch someone like Belfort waste his life away while being absorbed in money, sex, and drugs, and losing his main focus in life.

The film was a little too intense however, with all the drugs and vulgarities used loosely, and nudity on full display. Martin Scorsese could have done away with the scenes as this did not add much to the film. This isn't one of Scorsese's better films.

The running time of "The Wolf of Wall Street" is close to 3 hours, which is fine for a show like "The Lord of the Rings", but a tad too long for this film.

The story line has a good development; however there are a few unnecessary scenes where the film can do without. With that being said, give it a watch if you are a true blue Leonardo or Scorsese fan, or someone interested in the good and the bad of the financial world.

Cinema Online, 10 January 2014
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only