The Wolf of Wall Street
I walked into this movie not knowing anything other than it is the story of Jordon Belfort a former stockbroker who was sentenced to 4 years and 110 million dollar restitution for securities fraud and money laundering. He only served 22 months which seemed like about the same amount of time I sat in this movie. I'm not saying it wasn't a good movie but by the time I went to the bathroom 3 times (four if you count before going in) and got out, I felt like I had sat through Godfather Part 2, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and a Adam Sandler marathon. Without a doubt it was a good movie, but it could have been a better movie if it was 45 minutes shorter.
Don't get me wrong, it was not boring. It had to be re-edited to go from NC-17 to an R Rating. I've never seen more drug use in a movie. I've never seen more sex in a theater that didn't have a coin slot. And I've never seen more nudity period.
Personally I've always considered nudity to be the same as bacon but that is no longer true. I've never ever had enough, or got tired of, bacon. As far as language goes, this movie has set the record for the use of the "F" word with a total of 507 times. Scarface which used to always be the standard only used it 207 times.
Evidently if you are 26 years old and ripping people off to the tune of 3 million a week you gravitate towards this kind of lifestyle.
The genius of this movie relies on two things. 1. The acting ability, not to mention mesmerizing and ridiculously unbelievable good looks of Leonardo DiCaprio who plays Belfort. 2. The fact that you never see the people that lost the money. That keeps you liking DiCaprio through most of the movie, until you don't. The other major actor in this movie that is getting good reviews is Jonah Hill who plays Donnie, his best friend and closest partner. I'm the only person in America who doesn't love Johah Hill but when it comes to a whiny annoying character he has it down pat.
All in all this is a good movie but it is more than a little disheartening when you remember all that you are seeing is true. And what is even scarier is this is probably a drop in the bucket to what actually goes on at Wall Street.
As far as seeing the movie, I think as long as you are aware that you are facing 3 hours of naked drugged up sex, serenaded with record breaking "F" bombs (Or as we at the station call it July 4th at Todds house); you will enjoy this movie.
My Score: 5 Buds
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