Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Wolf of Wall Street

It's always an event when Martin Scorsese releases a movie, and even bigger  when it stars Leonardo DiCaprio.  This is their fifth collaboration since 2002's 'Gangs of New York', and their track record is pretty great.  ('The Aviator' and 'The Departed' were very well received, though 'Shutter Island' was met with an undue amount of criticism.)  This one's lighter in tone and a hell of a lot more debaucherous.  In fact, I'd say it's the most debaucherous film of the year.  DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, the real life stockbroker who went from rags to riches in the 1990's.  Of course, I won't ruin the story, in case you're not familiar, but it doesn't all go quite as smoothly as you might have guessed.  Be forewarned, it's a full three hours so make sure you hit the restroom before it begins.  But fear not, it doesn't feel it at all.  It's a really fun ride with some great supporting performances by Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill, and it goes by super quick.  Pair it with 'Wall Street' and 'Boiler Room' for a full day of high finance hijinx.

Grade: A

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