Top movie nominee ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ exudes sex and greed

A Martin Scorsese film starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a stock broker who learns not only why the financial game is played but how to take others’ money for the sole purpose of lining one’s own pocket.  The “Wolf” mentality is that you can never have enough money.  Ever. The movie’s level of excessiveness is almost unfathomable at first; the sex orgies, the use of drugs as ‘go-pills’, and the game of separating money from others out of the madness produced by greed.  Although the graphic sex scenes and drug usage runs rampant throughout the movie, it’s all imperative to DiCaprio’s journey. 

This Oscar-nominated Best Picture provides in-your-face debauchery and pornographic tendencies that sets it apart from most movies.  Be prepared to witness cocaine getting snorted from a woman’s butt--and more.  Much more. Unfortunately, the film goes on and on for 3 hours. The excessiveness became redundant as it boiled down to just “over-the-top” filmmaking--and that’s a shame for moviegoers--and an otherwise, great movie. 

A very entertaining and humorous film that showcased DiCaprio’s enormous comedic and dramatic range, earning him an Oscar nomination for ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’.  Scorsese’s gang of pill-pushing brokers are exceptionally well cast and almost endearing.  DiCaprio and Scorsese allow viewers to feel the addictive fortunes of financial success and all that comes with it. Until the chickens come home to roost.

Grade: B+

(1) comment


Is Wolf doing anything new? At this point, "white Wall Street conmen experience meteoric rise and disgraceful plummet, as accompanied by prostitutes and drugs; cause us to question our own social values" isn't new ground to tread. In a year where we had some pretty cool and unusual things happening in mainstream cinema (an animated "princess" movie where the most important relationship was between two sisters, a space thriller whose face was a middle-aged woman, a high-grossing action movie starring a young woman, a sci-fi blockbuster where 2/3 leads were NOT white men, a female buddy-cop movie), this just seems....tired. And honestly, nothing in this review is making me think the movie is going to ask any questions that haven't been asked a million times, in similar explorations. Let's Celberate Progress Not excess.

I'd pick Mconahay over Dicaprio every time this year.

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