This gets a 7 more form the source material being compelling, rather than the writing or directing. Also a very good cast who mostly do OK with each role, just a matter of mediocre, sortof trite by the book directing and writing that never really examines any of the characters with much depth like better quality films would. It is however..such an interesting true story, with a very good cast that it makes it watchable, although a mediocre film artistically. I was entertained as someone who did not know anything about the story, so if you enjoy films about that genre you may enjoy it, just don't expect too much.
I haven't seen the TV movie, of 1987, depicting this true story, but in this latest film the characters, as portrayed were almost all so unlikable that I couldn't summon up even the slightest empathy or compassion for any of them. For me, this was just a trek into greed and foolishness on both sides of the Ponzi scheme (pre Bernie Madoff), and it all added up to a movie that was not enjoyable.
It's a derivative bore, all popped collars, douchey bros and hand-me-down psychology, that gets its characters up to their necks in borrowed money just long enough to have it really hurt when the accounts run dry.
Anachronisms aside (Facebook and Google mentioned in a film set in the 1980s), it's a biopic that swaps Jordan Belfort with Joe Hunt for a YA audience. Never felt the need for the former, even less for this one.
I know there's already a 1987's version and the film is inspired by a real case but it's incredibly evident where the style and focus of this film comes from and it's bad, boring and bad.
Taron Egerton leaves a better impression than Ansel Elgort, who definitely still needs a lot to be a convincing protagonist, while Kevin Spacey is at his minimun, the rest was just morbid attention.
You can totally skipp this one.