A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “THE WOLF OF WALL STREET” = 3

 This movie should have been rated “X.” Certainly, not “R.”

     Martin Scorsese is an amazing director, one of the greatest ever. In terms of sheer acting power and movie making, I would have rated this movie somewhere between and 8 or 9.  But the picture reeked of disgusting debauchery from beginning to end, that it took away, not added to, the more interesting aspects of the story line.

     Based on a true-life character, The Wolf of Wall Street is slick, fast-talking Jordan Belfort, played deftly by an intense Leonardo DiCaprio. Belfort later spent 22 months in prison for stock scams, and that was only after he ratted out his buddies in exchange for a lighter sentence. While it’s not unusual for Hollywood to portray the dark side of the white collar criminal world, with sex, violence and foul language imbedded into these kinds of movies to present “realism,” there comes a time when the public, and critics should holler: “ENOUGH ALREADY!”

     This movie is far more than over the top. I’m no prude. I was a cop for thirty years, I sometimes use foul language, I hear foul language. I get it. I understand the sex issue. But this movie was beyond the limits. It was categorically offensive.

     Belfort’s lifestyle and all his many followers (scores of lawyers, brokers, phone dialers) is riddled with a constant flow of immoral excess to an including multiple sex scenes that portray everything other than the bare penis, as though that was the only thing to keep it from the dreaded “X” rating. What about snorting coke with a straw from the anus of a naked woman? Fellatio in a rising glass elevator for dozens to watch, laughingly. Drug-high crowds of Wall Street workers banging one another in plain view atop office desks, women along with men, cheering on the fornicators.  More than realistic scenes of power sex with DiCaprio and his wife or girl friends. This wasn’t one or two nude scenes, or a couple of intimate sex acts, this was replete throughout the picture.

     Add to that, the repeated glorification of cocaine and Quaaludes, not only by DiCaprio but every other man and woman in the cast. In one scene, DiCaprio is so numbed by Ludes, that he is pathetically stumbling/crawling out of a hotel lobby. Young girls were heard in our audience, chuckling as though this was funny. The movie characters repeatedly commented how much they loved their drugs and how great it made them feel.

     Millions of teenagers and young adults will watch this picture. They will be the recipients of such messages that our loved ones and our society will have to deal with later on, because our moral compass has dipped so low, we say that anything and everything is ok.

     Well, it’s not ok. And it’s time we start saying so.

     Foul language is commonplace in pictures these days.  But when every verb and noun is given the same adjective starting with letter “F,” it gets old, and it distracts from the dialogue. According to IMDB, the “F” word is used 506 times in its three hour time frame, most ever in a Scorsese movie.

     The story-line about Wall Street greed and corruption would make this a great picture, but Scorsese pushed the envelope too far with far too much emphasis on the depraved aspects of every character’s behaviors, not just Jordan Belfort, as though open lascivious conduct is commonplace within the walls of Wall Street. The greed/corruption focus was obscured by decadence.

     Some raters called this a great comedy. They should be fired from their jobs.     

There’s nothing funny about The Wolf of Wall Street. It’s more a tragedy, not only because the graphic sex, violence, drugs and language were so abundant, we – the people—will spend $100 million in box office receipts giving it validation.

     Then we wonder what’s happened to our society.

     Look for some Academy Award nods for acting and directing. If anyone wins, they should throw their Oscar in the East River along with all the other garbage.

     The only reason we stayed for the full length of the picture, was because I had  intended on writing this review.

Click here: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) – IMDb

24 Responses to A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “THE WOLF OF WALL STREET” = 3

  1. Darrell Porath January 1, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    Excellent review. Happy new year!

  2. Jack Milavic January 1, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    Thank you for the review. I was reluctant to watch because of Leonardo DiCaprio. Like Howard Hughes I simply cannot see Leonardo playing Jordan Belfort. Mr Hughes and Belfort were somewhat masculine in mannerisms and physical stature. Lenord is simply not masculine in any form but from my perspective very feminine. Many years ago, one of my favorite Directors, John Frankenheimer (SP?) shared with me his concept of movies and that was to always try to pick an actor that resembles the charterer attempting to emulate. I simply do no0t know why Mr Scorsese has his continual fascination with Lenord.

  3. Howard Bernbaum PE January 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    For several reasons, this review in particular covers one, I quit going to movies something like 15 years ago. The last movie I saw was THE LAST EMPEROR OF CHINA which ran 4 hours. That was another reason. There wasn’t anything worth sitting four hours for. My third reason is because of the rampant germs floating in the air and the dirt on the floors and seats of the theater. The thought of paying admission at the risk of getting a virus just ain’t worth it. Besides, those movies show up on TV sooner or later and most of them turn out not worth watching. At least at home, I can easily find something else to do, like read a good book, in place of that crappy movie I turned off.
    Good for you, MF, for criticizing the worst of Hollywood. Some of those folks out west have really done a number on American youth.

  4. Catherine January 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    Thanks for the warning. You saved me $10 bucks and the bad taste in my mouth.
    On another topic- I boycotted the Rose Parade this morning over their decision to have a homosexual marriage on the AIDES float. I sent the Rose Patade organization and two of their sponsors my reasons for boycotting. This is anti- Christian and anti family behavior at what should be a family presentation.
    It is time for all Amerocan to express their disgust with the immoral, deptavity that passes for entertainment today. I am no pride either, but I recognise when something is degrading and evil
    I encourageall your readers to do the same. It is long past time to speak up.

    • Pamela D'Andrea January 8, 2014 at 10:18 am #

      Thank you for that excellent review. I saw the movie and was horrified that it was released. I have advised everyone I know not to see it. Thank you.

  5. Ron Kenerly January 1, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    Marshall you are 101% correct, this movie is trash of the worst kind. I had the displeasure to watch about 30 minutes of it on-line before moving on. I am probably as far from being a prude as one can get but I do not favor this type of public display. I wonder if these actors/directors/producers allow their children and Family members to view their work?
    GOD help us all, Hollywood needs a tune-up just like the Government!!
    Happy New Year to everyone!!!

  6. Donald January 1, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    Thank you Marshall. We were thinking of going to see this movie. Now we will select another one. I tire of the profanity in movies and can’t imagine why someone of Martin Scorsese’s talents would want to drag his audiences through this kind of trash. Unlike one of your other readers, I actually like Leonardo but won’t waste money on this kind of filth.

  7. Mike January 1, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    Thanks Marshall for that review. Life is too short to waste 3 hours on trash like this. Between this and the reality shows on TV, we are going to hell in a hand basket.

  8. Penny Zee January 1, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    Thanks for the review Marshall. I was contemplating seeing this movie because it looked like a good slice of life drama. However, your review took care of that.

    Sorry you got stuck having to sit through such trash. That song “….be careful what you see, little eyes…” is so true. Our minds are video recorders.

    Today even seeing some PG13 movies (or TV shows) is a risk. If I see something that I don’t want to see, I pray “Lord, please wipe that from my mind” and praise God, He does!

    It seems like there is some sort of contest to see who can push the envelope the farthest and get away with it. But no matter who wins that contest, we, the general public, are the ones who lose.

  9. Tom Robbins January 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Excellent review, Marshall, and thank you for broadcasting it. My friends and I were going to go see it last week, but after reading a few of the short reviews on Fandango and seeing the “Oh No!” rating, we quickly decided not to. Glad we didn’t! Most reviewers said that it was about a half inch away from being an x rated porn movie. Pure trash!!!
    We would have all got up and left after seeing what it truly was, and would have demanded our money back from the theater manager.

  10. Bahia Abrams January 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    Marshall, you could not be more correct in your review. I went to see “The Wolf of Wall Street” and walked out after the first hour. And I am not one to walk out of a movie. Thank goodness I did not have to write a review, because there is no way I could have sat through anymore than I did. This is a hedonistic, depraved, deranged, disgusting and sickeningly repulsive movie. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND YOUR TIME FOR SOMETHING BETTER because, for sure, there are far better movies out there. Martin Scorsese should be ashamed of himself for being part of this project. And Leonardo DiCaprio should be more selective in his roles.

  11. George Saufley January 2, 2014 at 12:57 am #

    As I have said many times before we live in a “demo-crazy” “economic republic” not a democracy where any kind of behavior or excess is speculated on for power, control or profit. In Wall street it is difficult to separate “lag and lead speculation” from ponzi scheme speculation. That’s why it’s hard to sort out and prosecute.

  12. Sandy January 2, 2014 at 1:19 am #

    Thanks for the “Heads Up” – sounds disgusting …
    Love your reviews Marshall!

  13. Theresa January 2, 2014 at 1:39 am #

    Wish you had a facebook icon so I could share this review. Glad we didn’t go. I told Tom that I couldn’t imagine sitting side by side with his children and strangers watching porn. So, we didn’t go. Why do they destroy perfectly good movies with filth? And I hate when they swear all the time. It adds nothing, it cheapens everything. Pure garbage. Amazing all those actors lowered themselves to this level for money and fame.

    • Pamela Jarvis February 11, 2014 at 4:20 am #

      This was an R-rated movie…..children shouldn’t be going obviously.

  14. Roger January 2, 2014 at 11:27 pm #

    Hi mashall my wife went to see the Disney movie about how he started, and thsy started to show the wolf of wall street by mistake, and the people started to walk out, they stop it an put the disney on and also gave every one in the movie a free ticket for when ever they wantes to come.
    The people was telling the manger they would never go see a movie like that..

  15. paul vincent zecchino January 3, 2014 at 12:16 am #

    Hi Marshall –

    Thank you for enduring Wolf to its end. Nothing about this film sounded the least bit interesting. DeCaprio with that pinched facial expression and squeaky voice; well a little him goes a long way. His far-lefto views, ‘people who drive more than thirty miles a day are idiots’ while owning a private island off Belize, well they’re just tiresome.

    This character Belfort is like many of them, a human tornado who leaves enduring human damage in his wake while he does a little time, only to get out and land on his prosperous cloven-hooves.

    He’s an insult to the many straight, decent people in the finance industry who spend their days trying to grow Americans’ investments.

    Ran the numbers on the F-word. At 506 F-hits in 180 minutes, we’re looking at what, about one F-word/25 seconds? Doesn’t sound like there’s room left for much of a script, does it? Makes it easier on the scriptwriter.

    Prefer instead to watch a noir from our DVD collection. Or read. Buying DVD’s used, E-Bay benefits private sellers and denies Hollywood lefties the money with which they fund leftist pols and causes all of which erode individual wealth and liberty.

    • Pamela Jarvis February 11, 2014 at 4:34 am #

      So you are “straight and decent”? Hmmmm. I suppose there are good people in the banking business and on Wall Street….but some of it seems like one big Federal Reserve Ponzi scheme if you think about it…..but better you not think about it because it will enlighten you and make you feel bad. Wall Street could offer stocks that would help save our environment, put people to work, etc., etc., but I don’t see much of that yet. Maybe soon…when they can’t breathe the toxic air and drink the polluted water anymore, jobs will be created to work on fixing it.

  16. Oc January 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    Your review was excellent!I feel exactly as you do about the rating.I actually found the movie boring and disgusting.It failed at entertaining .

  17. Rosie January 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    ["The story-line about Wall Street greed and corruption would make this a great picture, but Scorsese pushed the envelope too far with far too much emphasis on the depraved aspects of every character's behaviors, not just Jordan Belfort, as though open lascivious conduct is commonplace within the walls of Wall Street."]

    It is common.

  18. Arlene Brown January 8, 2014 at 6:48 am #

    Read your article in the paper this morning and I couldn’t have said it better myself. I was so appalled and offended by everything in that movie. I am 65 years old and can hold my own with foul language but that was nasty for the sake of nasty. When the audience laughed at the scene you refer to I wanted to scream. Sad state of affairs when we stoop to this level of entertainment… Thanks for telling it like it is!

  19. Deena Rose January 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    Thank you so much for your timely review of “The Wolf of Wall Street”! Respectfully, Deena Rose

  20. EBB January 18, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    There is no reason to see “The Wolf of Wall Street”. The same story, the story of Stratton Oakmont and Jordan Belfort, was told in a very good movie, “Boiler Room’ in 2000.

    Also, Marshall, I think would have a fine review if you had written, “I you had hoped to write a review after I saw Martin Scorsese’s, “The Wolf of Wall Street”. But I am only able to write a review on the first thirty minutes of the film, because I was so disgusted by the film’s constant overt sexuality and seeming glorification of drug use I walked out

    I seldom walk out of movies and I’m not a prude. “The Wolf of Wall Street tells the story of a “pump and dump” stock operation, where penny stocks prices are hyped and the stocks are then dumped onto unsuspecting investors.

    Save yourself the price of a movie ticket, don’t fall for the slick advertising hype surrounding “The Wolf of Wall Street”. If you are like me, you will feel that you have been dumped on as you leave the theater.”

  21. Pamela Jarvis January 20, 2014 at 2:23 am #

    Martin Scorsese is a great director and has made a film about a real character who is still out there selling his wares to the gullible public. It’s good to know about these guys. I wonder why there wasn’t any outrage about the bloody horrible violence of the movie “Lone Survivor”….. all the bloody senselessness of war, human beings killing one another depicted very graphically on the screen for your enjoyment. Hmmm. Sex & drugs, no matter how authentic to the story they were, no matter how incredibly Leonardo portrayed this flawed dangerous human being, the focus was to some how objectionable the sex and drugs were. I think the point was missed.