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The Wolf Of Wall St

PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:28 pm
by Garth Cartwright
i rarely go to the cinema these days and when I do it's for something I really want to see. Last trip was to see FRUITVALE STATION, a very powerful recreation of the last 24 hours in the life of a black youth from Oakland, CA, before he was executed by Bart police (Bart is the Bay Area's public transport rail after a minor dispute on New Year's Day 2009). I recommend this film to all forumistas. I aim to go and see Richard Linklater's Boyhood not just cos of the rave reviews but due to my belief that Linklater has long been the most imaginative and engaging director in the US. But i never bothered with The Wolf Of Wall St when it was on, figuring I could watch it on dvd.

Which I've just done. It is very long - at least 3 hours (well it feels like 3 or 4 hours) and Scorsese has,as ever, technique to burn. And like Good Fellas and Casino it's based on one criminal's memoir so narrated by the main character. This time the criminal is not in the mob but a Wall St broker who has made a much greater fortune than any mobster could through boiler room selling of useless shares. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the Wolf and i guess you could say it's a brauva performance as he swears and snorts and shags and chews the scenery. Thing is, he lacks what the likes of Pacino (in Godfather, Scarface) or Ray Liotta (in Something Wild and Good Fellas) had and that's the capability to demonstrate how the corruption has eaten his soul. At his worst he looks tired. Most of the time he looks rather smug - as the real life criminal surely was - but Scorsese seems to share this smugness, indulging in all the bad behaviour with sardonic glee. The problem he really has here is that brokers, no matter how corrupt, are not very interesting so this makes the Wolf a dull film. I kept thinking "cut! cut!" as so much of it appears unnecessary or just plain boring. I know it's often been said that cocaine makes people very boring and the Wolf - which is a hymn to cocaine and getting super wealthy - is as boring as the new Pink Floyd album surely will be. It's full of technical pizzazz and virtuoso flashes but it has so little to offer in terms of imagination,engagement and entertainment that it becomes monotonous. Scorsese is still taken very seriously by some but I find his hymns to wretched American men tedious. Nice tunes on the soundtrack, tho'.

Re: The Wolf Of Wall St

PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:33 pm
by Adam Blake
I hated this fucking film. If I never see another frame of it it will be too soon.

Re: The Wolf Of Wall St

PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:44 pm
by NormanD
I can never reconcile myself to the fact that Leonardo diC always reminds me of Tory Chancellor of The Exchequer Norman Lamont. Every film, every scene, I expect him to start droning on about the ERM (which might be preferable, judging from the two posts above).

Re: The Wolf Of Wall St

PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:51 pm
by Rob Hall
Haven't seen the film and I've been disappointed with most of the things that Scorcese has put out in recent years, but if Leonardo Di Caprio never does anything as good as 'Romeo & Juliet' again, he'll still be head and shoulders above most of his contemporaries. (If memory serves, he was the best thing about 'Gangs of New York' too.)