Judeflowerdew’s review published on Letterboxd:
Found this a lot better than I remembered it to be. Watching a few months ago I thought this dragged on for a bit too long which it does but to a less noticeable extent. Found the humour a lot more lively and this feels so different to anything else Scorsese (If you were to watch this film and you didn't know who directed it, Scorsese wouldn't be your first guess). The first hour of the movie is fast paced and gets you stuck into it, the middle is strong and then towards the end I feel it slows down a bit until the final ten minutes. In conclusion, it's a fascinating account on the 'Wolf of Wall Street' Jordan Belfort and I have rented his book out from a library to see how much of this film actually lines up with his former life. One thing I will say is that this is more about the lifestyle of Belfort and the business side of it is put nicely on a plate by Scorsese for us to understand. It sparkles because it gives you a strong understanding of how Belfort became a multi millionaire without using complex business terms. 'The Big Short' which has a lot more complex business terms throughout the whole film (More useful about actual business) is not able to find a balance like Scorsese does between the business and the lifestyle and therefore falls flat. WOWS is an incredible film that I look forward to revisiting again in the future.