Step aside DeNiro!
- The Wolf of Wall Street review by Milstead On Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio & Martin Scorsese have a brilliant collaboration going on which is beginning to rival the screen legend's partnership with the great director.
This is the fifth film which DiCaprio has worked with Scorsese, following Gangs Of New York, The Aviator, The Departed & Shutter Island.
The Wolf Of Wall Street amounts pretty much to Goodfellas of the financial world. Based on the true story of Jordan Bellfort, a drug-addicted, sex-addicted, money-addicted stockbroker who lives life to full excess and pays the penalty when the FBI investigate his wrongdoing and underhand tactics.
This black comedy is as black as they come with DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and co all playing unsympathetic characters who get rich making others poor, indulging in the lifestyles of rich and famous and taking an insane amount of drugs.
Although the characters are morally unpleasant, this film is absolutely hilarious with the characters suffering from their own greed and self-indulgence.
In another year, DiCaprio might have won the Best Actor Oscar for this performance (he lost out to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club).
At nearly 3 hours, this film is a long slog and the first hour drags a little, but it's full steam ahead after that and a brilliant comedy of yuppie greed during the 1980's and 90's.
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- The Wolf of Wall Street review by TH
This film presses all the buttons in terms of sex, drugs and rock and roll (and lots of money!) but its psychopathic (almost exhausting to watch!) pace leaves you in no doubt that this is not a world in which you'd want to live in! Cleverly crafted modern fable.
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Gloriously offensive, drug-fuelled, depraved, fun-filled hilarious comedy!
- The Wolf of Wall Street review by PV
This film is just brilliant. It should have won Oscars, for sure. It's probably one of my favourite Scorcese movies now too.
No doubt some 'politically correct' people will find it offensive, as I heard some po-faced humourless feminist whinge-Wendy describe it as on the radio last year.
But really, it's a great ride. Funny and well-written script; great memorable characters; packed with action, searing, sex, drugs and money.
My only criticisms: 1) it's too long, like most Hollywood movies these days; 2) The alcoholic druggies look far too healthy - in real life, it ain't like that!
But these are minor quibbles.
In general, this movie is a hoot - and with a serious message too. I was surprised it was this good - I watched it the same evening as American Hustle, which is yawn-inducing in comparison.
The Wolf of Wall Street should perhaps have won the Oscar for Best Movie, (instead of the tedious up-itself Gravity), and won Leonardo one too for this bravura performance.
Just great - 5 stars with chasers!
One of the best films I have seen in the last decade.
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What a waste of time
- The Wolf of Wall Street review by BE
One star for Leonardo's acting. A thoroughly boring three hours of foul language, gratuitous sex and drug taking. The Narsistic characters had no redeeming features, just hellbent on satisfying their own lust for money and base pleasures. Awful.
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