Review: The Wolf of Wall Street
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The King of Comedy? Sure, haha.
Taxi driver? A reasonably entertaining trip into the black heart of psychosis.
Raging Bull? Packed a wallop, for sure, but the black and white now seems indulgent art-house nonsense.
Goodfellas, did it amuse me? Yeah, kind of, but the book was always better.
The Wolf of Wall Street?
It is Scorsese's most entertaining masterpiece. Like the Coen Brothers' Big Lebowski, it is destined to assume cult status and become one of the most quotable movies of all time.
Based on a true story, Leonardo Dicaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a stock broker living the high life through crime and corruption. And he nails it. He is indeed one of Hollywood's most underrated actors.
The rest of the cast is superb.The cinematography is sublime, and the drug-taking scenes make Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas look like child's play.
It's also one of the funniest movies ever created. Without spoilers, there are scenes which left me breathless with laughter.
It has its faults. It is overly long, and sags a wee bit towards the finale.
Also, it does tend to gloss over the carnage created by a maniacal money fiend and drug addict, who modelled his life on Don Johnson's cop from Miami Vice, tailored his philosophy to fit Gordon Gecko's greed is good, and who probably left his victims in a state of severe depression.
But do we care, watching from a safe distance?
Nope, it's just so insanely entertaining, we are encouraged to gloss over the indiscretions and root for our despicable antihero.
Throw a few dollars down and I promise your stock will rise. This movie does what it says on the tin.
It's a wolf, and it makes me want to howl at the moon.
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