REVIEW: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

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Staring: Leonardo Dicaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler and Matthew McConaughey.

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is about the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort, a wealthy stockbroker living the high life, up until getting in trouble with the law. ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is a film that I couldn’t take seriously up until the end, where I just felt so bad for laughing at the misfortunes of the wealthy. Drugs and sex take over these peoples lives, and take up a big chunk of this 3 hour true story.

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ was a film I was looking forward to for awhile. Scorsese has never failed me. He’s made amazing films like ‘The Departed’, ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘Goodfellas’. For some reason, I didn’t feel like I was watching a Scorsese film. At times, I didn’t even know what I was watching, which may have been the point. These characters get so lost with themselves that we end up getting lost with them. It showed how much these people lost themselves. I saw no redeeming quality in anybody. Everyone seemed to think money was the answer, which again, was what it was supposed to be like, but I just wanted to like somebody.

Leonardo Dicaprio was amazing as Jordan Belfort. I doubt he will win an Oscar for this one, but he was definitely in a crazier, more “fun” role. Jonah Hill was also very good in it, showing that he has more acting chops than I thought. ‘Moneyball’ was a fantastic introduction to his dramatic career. Matthew McConaughey has a fantastic cameo at the beginning of the movie, a scene that was shown during the trailers.

The film was very long. Clocking in at 3 hours, I feel as though a lot of the sex scenes and the drug scenes could have been cut out. They seemed very unnecessary.  The story was very interesting, although, it was hard to get passed all the stupidity and the craziness. Once everyone gets back to reality, it gets very intense and worth the watch.

I’d probably never see ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ again. It was a good film, but it just wasn’t good enough to view it again. I must admit, however, that I had a little bit of fun watching it. By the end, I did very really bad for not taking it as seriously as I probably should. Check out ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. Maybe you’ll have different views than I did.

Grade: B

*Nominated for 5 Oscar:

Best Picture

Best Actor-Leonardo Dicaprio

Best Supporting Actor-Jonah Hill

Best Director-Martin Scorsese

Best Adapted Screenplay

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Joaquin Phoenix in talks for major villain role in ‘Batman vs. Superman’

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Rumor has it Joaquin Phoenix has been offered a role as Lex Luther in the upcoming ‘Batman vs. Superman’ film. No word on whether he’s accepted the role, but this is exciting news. Joaquin Phoenix was fantastic in Gladiator as the villain Caesar. I would love to see him in another villain role. In the meantime, catch Joaquin in Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’, which is out now in limited theatres. ‘Batman vs. Superman’ stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill and will be released July 17th, 2015.

Actor Peter O’Toole, dead at 81.

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It’s with a heavy heart I announced the death of a legend. Actor Peter O’Toole, who stared in the 1962 epic ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ has died from what has said to be a longtime illness. O’Toole won an honorary Oscar back in 2002, but didn’t win any for his movie roles. He was nominated, however, for his role in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. He announced his retiring to acting in June of 2012. I watched ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ awhile back, but it being such a long movie, I have yet to return and watch it again. Maybe I’ll watch it again sometime soon. RIP Peter O’Toole. You were loved by many, and forever will be a legend.