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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

US 179m, Colour
Director: Martin Scorsese; Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin

wolf-of-wall-streetThe Wolf of Wall Street is based on the real life story of Jordan Belfort, an infamous New York stock broker whose company was investigated for fraud, corruption, money laundering, obstruction of justice among other things. Portraying the excesses available to the rich in often vulgar and comedic ways, Scorsese creates somewhat of a sympathetic monster in Belfort, whose drug and sex-filled lifestyle was only surpassed by his insatiable greed and ambition. Though some have criticized this film for glorification of Wall Street criminals, such comparisons are no different from the call to sanitize gangster films of the early 1930s, which led to ridiculous forms of American censorship that persisted almost half a century (Klaus Ming February 2014).

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6 comments on “The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    02/23/2014

    I haven’t seen the movie, but I did think that the “glorification” complaint was silly. Hollywood likes to tack moralistic endings onto things, but the reality is that the people who do these things in real life often don’t suffer at all. But some people get upset when they see that on the screen.

    As Lady Bracknell observed in The Importance of Being Earnest: “The good ended happily and the bad unhappily — that is what fiction means.”

    • Klaus
      02/24/2014

      Indeed, nothing much has changed in Hollywood in this regard.

  2. CMrok93
    02/23/2014

    Long, actually no, very long. However, it never had me bored for a single second. Good review Klaus.

    • Klaus
      02/24/2014

      Heh, heh…yeah, I’m not sure why it had to be so long, but it always kept moving. Probably a better movie with 30 minutes cut.

  3. Aakalaakka
    02/24/2014

    I saw it for a matinee and I noticed the clock, but that didn’t make it long (viewers who saw a 9pm show could easily arrive at a different opinion). And actually I could have sat through the original extended version. I think the length is part of the broader over-the-top exuberance/excessiveness the film is trying to convey.

    • Klaus
      02/24/2014

      It definitely didn’t feel as long as it was, though i’m not sure that the extra minutes really added anything of real substance.

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