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Sunday, December 29, 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET



Martin Scorsese reteams with Leonardo DiCaprio for this adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir about his exploits as a crooked banker. Terence Winter provides the screenplay. Jonah Hill and Oscar winner Jean Dujardin co-star. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler.

Release Date: Dec 25, 2013

Rated R for graphic Nudity, Drug Use, Language Throughout, Some Violence and Strong Sexual Content

Runtime: 2 hr. 59 min.

Genres: Drama

Review:

The Wolf of Wall Street is an extended journey into the depraved and debauched life of Jordan Belfort. It’s an electric film with an incredible turn by Leonardo DiCaprio which should earn him an Oscar nomination at the very least. Scorsese delivers his best film since Goodfellas while using a similar structure and energy throughout. The film clocks in at 3 hours but it’s a dizzying dive into the story which beats you into submission. DiCaprio perfectly encapsulates the sleazy charisma and charm of Belfort. The Steve Madden IPO speech is an instant classic which should have ended with a title card saying “For your Consideration.” Jonah Hill is just as impressive in a supporting role which is funny and unpredictable at the same time. The film as a whole is incredibly funny with the hilarity increasing as Belfort’s life crumbles more and more. The ending is rather interesting as it seems to point the finger back at the victims. It’s a rather interesting way to end the story but fitting at the same time.

B+

11 comments:

  1. My thoughs precisely! I enjoyed this movie a lot and I love DiCaprio.

    Nice review!

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    1. THank Evi, it was an excellent film all around and DiCaprio delivers one of his best performances.

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  2. I think you and I are virtually in agreement about this one! I thought it was too over the top at times but Leo's performance was too damn good for me to even care.

    Great review, Daniel!

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    1. I think so and I agree with you, it could have been trimmed a bit because by the end you are kind of numb to all the debauchery being thrown at you.

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  3. Though he's definitely older now, Scorsese still does not disappoint when it comes to making a three-hour long movie. Good review Dan.

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    1. I think it's one of Scorsese's best films in general.

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  4. hmmm this sounds like something i may like. hated the trailer so happy to hear the movie is enjoyable

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    1. It's an amoral tale of debauchery that really pushes the R rating. Film though is an incredibly enjoyable experience.

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  5. I love The Wolf of Wall Street. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill deserve Oscar nominations for their performances. The film is a riot to watch and I agree, it pushes the R rating -- it is definitely a HARD R.

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  6. It is a good thing that for once we have quality content in a three hours movie. It is totally worth seeing it in cinemas.

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    1. Totally, a really impressive movie!!

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