Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street - Movie Review

The Wolf of Wall Street (R) 179 mins B
F**k You! 

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, Joanna Lumley, Cristin Milioti, Christine Ebersole, Shea Whigham, Katarina Cas, P.J. Byrne, Kenneth Choi, Brian Sacca, Henry Zebrowski, Kyle Chandler and Ethan Suplee

When I saw the film Casino in the late 90s it felt like the fastest three hours of my life. That film was directed by Martin Scorsese and based on a non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi (Pileggi also wrote Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family which was later adapted into Goodfellas). I could only hope that The Wolf of Wall Street would be as entertaining as Casino, and it was... sorta.  The Wolf of Wall Street is directed by Martin Scorsese and based on a non-fiction book of the same name by Jordan Belfort.  The film is not for general audiences, and by that I mean it's not for people who are put off by cursing (specifically, the F-word), drug use, and topless whores. Me, I'm perfectly okay with all of it as along as it adds to the authenticity of the story. The Wolf of Wall Street is brash, entertaining, and yes, long. There were moments during the film when I thought it might be ending, but instead things only got more outrageous. Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) was extremely self-destructive and didn't know when enough was enough. In the spirit of his protagonist, Scorsese overindulges with the film's running time (three hours). But, this bold tale of greed, big business, happiness and everything in between was worth the price of admission even though it doesn't deliver the same emotional impact that Casino did eighteen years prior.

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