Excerpt: I love Martin Scorsese. I love Leonardo DiCaprio. I love that these two have collaborated on five films and I’m sure there’ll be more. For all the remakes, television shows turned into movies and everything else that annoys me – these two make films worth seeing . I remember skipping one of my college classes and going to see What’s Eating Gilbert Grape . This is probably why I failed the class.
Excerpt: The Wolf of Wall Street chronicles the rise and fall of Stratton Oakmont, a real trading firm headed in the 1990s by Jordan Belfort. It’s Goodfellas and Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross all mashed together in an entertaining blend, though the combination is not quite the equal of those classic movies. The basic story of Jordan Belfort’s actual life is told in a manner that most will recognize from Scorsese’s undisputed mob classic, Goodfellas .
Excerpt: “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good . Greed is right .” – Gordon Gekko, Wall Street (1987) I love Martin Scorsese. I love Leonardo DiCaprio. I love that these two have collaborated on five films and I’m sure there’ll be more. For all the remakes, television shows turned into movies and everything else that annoys me – these two make films worth seeing . I remember skipping one of my college classes and going to see What’s Eating Gilbert Grape .
Summary: Obviously, I think this polarizing film is fantastic. In fact, I believe The Wolf of Wall Street will become even more highly-regarded in a few years, when there’s more distance between the film and the “controversy” its shock factor inspired.
Conclusion: The Wolf of Wall Street is an aggressive film, both stylistically and thematically, and it confronts its characters and their actions head on. Yet it doesn't fall into the trap of making Belfort and his compatriots out as villains through and through. These are basically regular people who've been given unimaginable wealth, and the things they do are probably what a lot of us would do in the same circumstance, as Scorsese alludes to in the extra featurette.
Conclusion: The Wolf of Wall Street is another well-made drama from one of the most accomplished directors alive today. Unfortunately, this bacchanalia of a film falls short of Scorsese's best efforts with its overlong celebration of loathsome, amoral jerks. Strong performances and skillful direction ease the endurance challenge this might have been, but it's still an unpleasant affair from which many viewers will derive little joy.
Conclusion: Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, and Adapted Screenplay, 'The Wolf of Wall Street' stands as my favorite film of 2013. This epic chronicle of greed, larceny, bad behavior, and the heady, destructive trappings of excess charts the rise and fall of both a man and an era with an attitude as cocksure as its eponymous character and plenty of Scorsese panache.
Summary: The wolf is known as both a social creature amongst its kind, and particularly within its pack, and the devourer of anything else that gets in its way. It's an attractive but fearsome animal. It's sleek, refined, capable, and very dangerous. It's the perfect metaphor for the man who notoriously rose to power in the 1980s stock brokerage scene, the man who made himself a fortune and guided others to countless millions by choosing the right friends, knowing his enemies,...