The Wolf of Wall Street
Evie Totty: “It ruled.”
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So I got to see this and it doesn't disappoint. Scorsese is just brilliant. This is apparently based on a true story and I'm wondering if all these gory details are really in the book lol! Debauchery at its finest. When Hill's character, Donnie showed up I was like 'What is up with his TEETH?' and sure enough, DiCaprio's voice-over notices it as well. DiCaprio brought Jordan to life. I could feel his addictions. To power, money, drugs, sex.
And when it broke the 4th wall, it was unexpectedly awesome. It broke, but you weren't completely pulled out. You were in on it with Jordan. Once, they showed a plane in the sky during a storm ... and it blew up. You heard DiCaprio say 'Did you see that? That was the plane I'd ordered to pick us up'. I was all like 'Oh my God!'
I've read articles (ok, blurbs) where Scorsese was criticized for letting Jordan get away with his crimes. But really - he showed that he seemed to get away with them. The last scene was of him peddling his snake oil at the other end of the globe. His famous 'Sell me this pen' wasn't working. He wasn't getting his fix, but he had no other choice...
DiCaprio and Hill were fantastic. More than once I wanted someone to beat the fuck out of Hill's character - he was SO STUPID at times.
I loved the chest-beating thing. I'd read where that's actually a thing McConaughey does all the time. DiCaprio convinced him and Scorsese to put it in the film. I had a big grin on my face when they showed the technique again later in the film.
Bottom line: is it better than Gravity? American Hustle? It's better than American Hustle. It's different than Gravity. I probably have to stick with Gravity because of the sheer amount of time I held my breath while watching it.This review contains spoilers. Reveal it.
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