Brief Reviews: The Wolf of Wall Street

January 20th, 2014, 12am

It was 5°C with overcast. The breeze was gentle.

If you’ve considered seeing The Wolf of Wall Street, hold on to your hats.

Surpassing Scorsese’s penchant for creating characters you love to hate, Leo DiCaprio is officially in his element: he’s charming, he’s vile, and he’s out of control. Best of all, he’s hilarious. Like rolling around on the floor, out of his mind on quaaludes, while Jonah Hill fends him off with a bowl funny.

So funny in the kind of way where you hate to laugh, but the two hours and fifty-nine minutes make you do so anyway.

The Wolf of Wall Street got an Academy Award nomination (or five) because it’s high quality directing and writing, with a cast of actors who don’t back down no many how many hookers or expletives the script calls for, and a genre-bending story where DiCaprio doesn’t die. What more could you want?

Addendum: In addition to the raucous, raunchy, and generally ridiculous behavior of our protagonist and friends, be prepared for some nice, meaty dialogue scenes. There’s real substance here, and a hell of a social commentary in between the lines.

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Valerie Stimac

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