January 26, 2014
Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street ****1/2
Surprisingly, I loved the film. Loved most everything about it; the acting, directing, photography...
If you hate the decadence of the story it's only because you hate the decadence of that lifestyle, and rightfully so. It's hard to imagine people living like that; so many people, so sucked in by this ultimate salesman.
It's a story that grabbed me. Unfortunately it let me go several times throughout the film - certain scenes seemed to last longer than necessary, and about 3/4 of the way through it seemed draggy and had me checking my watch, but then it picked up again and I was mesmerized, even while I was hating what was going on on the screen.
There's so much distasteful stuff that goes on; midget throwing, snorting coke from someone's nether regions ('ass' for those who might not know what I'm talking about)...but it all has a place in the story.
If Scorsese had cut half an hour I might have given it five stars. As it is, four and a half stars of five for The Wolf of Wall Street.