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Will be mentioned among Scorsese's best.,
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This review is from: The Wolf of Wall Street (DVD)
Terrence Winter adapted Belfort's novel with a clear vision in mind-- making the film a companion piece to Goodfellas. In a way it is, but in a way it is something completely different.
This is Scorsese's funniest film, and the funniest film of 2013. It has the wackiness of Scorsese's (massively underrated) After Hours, on a much larger scale, and the remorseless characters from other Scorsese films such as Goodfellas and The Departed. As a huge fan of Scorsese, I'd put this somewhere near the bottom of his top ten films (which is big for me).
I also have to mention, this is Leonardo DiCaprio's best performance ever. He goes off the rails and gives a performance unlike anything that I've seen from him in the last 20 years. He also shows that he's a naturally gifted comedic actor, providing some of the funniest moments I've ever seen on a screen. The rest of the cast is fantastic as well, most notably Matthew McConaughey in an incredible 10 minutes. Jonah Hill further proves his acting chops, and showed great chemistry again with another mega-movie-star after his turn in Moneyball.
Another thing I feel the need to mention, this film might not be for everyone. It's full of drugs, nudity, and foul language. It pushes the limits of an R-rating and doesn't look back. And another thing, it's 3 hours long. The length is no problem to me, and I think that the film flew by, but I've heard some people complain about it. Calling a film too long is the laziest criticism in the book in my opinion. Would you rather enjoy a very good movie for 2 hours, or 3 hours? I'll end my rant there, and tell you to go see The Wolf of Wall Street in theaters, buy the DVD, rent it, just find any way to watch it.
The mere fact that the legendary Martin Scorsese, in 2013, at the age of 71 (!) can make a film like this is incredible, and it cannot be missed.
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Initial post: Dec 30, 2013 3:22:17 PM PST
"Calling a film too long is the laziest complaint in the book." Love it! I'd rather watch 3 hours of Scorsese than 3 minutes of most of the junk that's out there.
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