[Movie Review] Wolf of Wall Street

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Director: Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Hugo, Gangs Of Newyork, Shutter Island)

Writers: Screenplay by Terence Winter(Get rich or die tryin, Broklyn Rules), based on a book by Jordan Belfort.

Cast: Are you kidding? You don’t know who starred in this movie?. For those of you who don’t know here are the principal actors. Leonardo Di Caprio (Shutter Island, Django Unchained, Inception), Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street, Money Ball, This is the End), Margot Robbie (About Time, ICU)

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Synopsis

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Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title “The Wolf of Wall Street.” — (C) Paramount

Terdoh: The Wolf of Wall Street is pretty much the most amazing and energetic movie I’ve seen this year!

Zubby: Err dude, it’s just the last week of January so relax. But never the less, even with reference to its 2013 peers and fellow Oscar nominees such as Captain Phillips and David O. Russell’s American Hustle.

Terdoh: 12 Years a Slave and of course the mighty Gravity, it still blew my mind.

Zubby: Believe me when you are done watching this movie, you would be panting and sweating really hard from the amount of energy in it.

Terdoh: Enough time spent trying to water your taste buds and let’s serve dinner.

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The Script

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Terdoh: The movie is based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same title. Telling the tale of how Wall Street stock brokers lived extravagant lives by ripping people off.

Zubby: For a movie that was released on the 25th of December 2013, it has already gone into the record books as the movie with the most profanity in history with 500+ use of the “f” word. It also has so much drugs and alcohol in it,  you might get high just by watching it.

Terdoh: Scorsese really seems to like the “f” word just as much as Quentin Tarantino likes the “n” word. But we’re not here to judge language.

Zubby: When you watch some of his movies just like this one, you get to see his(Martin Marcantonio Scorsese) strong sicilian heritage speaking for themselves. The Terence Winter adapted script from Jordan Belfort’s same titled book isn’t all that deep, but you can’t deny its high energy. It’s easy to see why Scorsese chose one of the writers of the Sopranos.

Terdoh: If you’re looking for that brain tasking script that will leave you wondering “what the hell bro?”, like Memento did, then this is not your thing.

Zubby: However, if you’re looking to see Wall Street depicted as it really is, well, excluding a few excesses, then you’ll love what they did with Jordan Belfort’s “Wolf of Wall Street”.

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The Directing

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Terdoh: As amazing as this movie was (and you can probably tell that I am really biased about this movie, so it hurts me to do this) there were a couple of flaws with the directing/writing. There’s really no context.

Zubby: what do you mean when you say “no context” ?

Terdoh:  They showed us one end of the story; how the folks at Wall Street duped people of billions of dollars and spent it all on lavish parties, without bothering to show how it affected their victims. To me, it was just like the money was hanging somewhere in space and they were just picking it out. I see nothing wrong with that. Can someone tell me the crime here? Also, there’s not much of a plot. Dude got rich, dude went to prison. Dude became a motivational speaker.

Yay.

Zubby: Cmon! You can’t say you didn’t credit its wonderful character development and the way the energy is cleverly spread across the movie enough to keep you glued through almost 3hours of movie time.

Terdoh: I believe Martin Socrsese’s history with substance abuse early in his career must have helped his direction of this movie. With all the profanity and nudity in this movie, I would say it was a pretty amazing movie.

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The Acting

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Terdoh: THIS!! This right here is the entire movie. Not the script, not the plot, not even the directing. The acting in this movie is definitely Oscar worthy.

Zubby: It’s obvious with the five Academy awards nominations it has bagged that the actors did their job perfectly.

Terdoh: DiCaprio is a genius who has long been deprived of that golden statue. But with equally amazing performance from Home boy Chiwetel in 12 Years A Slave and Matthew Mcgeufeehfbedyew in Dallas Buyers Club putting them in a lead ahead of him, I think he will once again miss the award.

Zubby: The highlight of the movie was definitely Di Caprio’s uninterrupted high level of energy in almost every scene where he was shown, which was a better part of the 3 hour movie. We’re  rooting for him to get this Oscar.

Terdoh: It would be totally unfair if I didn’t give Jonah Hill some credit for putting up an amazing performance even though he was paid minimum wage (who pays Jonah Hill minimum wage for a movie role? Scorsese… That’s who) for his role as Donnie Azoff. Annoyingly brilliant….So brilliant it has earned him his second Oscar nomination.

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The Verdict

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Zubby: I would advise everyone (above the age of 18 of course) to go see this movie. And if you have seen it, see it again. You might fall asleep once or twice because the movie has some boring parts but it definitely makes up for it in it’s climatic scenes.

Terdoh: For me, there was no falling asleep at any moment in this movie. It was power horse meets cocaine meets Viagra meets….

Zubby: Okay Okay! We got it! You love the movie that much. You see why people had issues with the morale standing of the movie? Sigh. Anyways, I would give this movie a Soda and Popcorn.
Sodas & Popcorn Rating4

Terdoh: Hey, just kidding folks. Please don’t do drugs. Even Scorsese who used to be a drug addict will tell you that himself. Come to think of it, being a victim of coke use would have helped him have a better perspective in directing this movie.