Last week David O. Russell tried to make his own Martin Scorsese movie in the form of "American Hustle" and failed. There is only one Martin Scorsese and the man is a master behind the camera. He proves it once again today, December 25 with his newest movie, "The Wolf of Wall Street". This is not the usually offering from the Oscar winning director, it is even better.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" tells the real life story of Jordon Belfort played by now frequent collaborator of Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio. Belfort founded the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont in the late 1980s and was known for swindling clients into bad penny stocks just as much as he was known for his drinking, womanizing and drug abuse. The movie tells the story of his incredible and dangerous ride and those he took along with him.
There is a lot of good early buzz surrounding "The Wolf of Wall Street" and one part of the film that is raising some eyebrows is the three-hour running time it possesses. While some may say the time flies by, the hard truth is that the movies could have done a better job in its editing. A two hour and forty minute movie would have been perfect. The movies does get repetitious at times either through one of Belfort's many speeches to rile up his troops or even one of the scenes of excess gluttony.
If only one word could be used to described "The Wolf of Wall Street", pandemonium would probably work best. Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have created a mad house of a movie this time around. You almost get exhausted from sitting in your seat and watching all the mayhem taking place; however, this movie is the best ride you can take this Christmas Day. "American Hustle" claims to be a great comedy. This movie is so hysterical at times that an argument can be made that it is even funnier than "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues".
The acting that takes place in "The Wolf of Wall Street" is beyond measure. Jonah Hill may earn his second Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He is that good in the movie. Rob Reiner gets more kudos these days for his directing, but his acting is really good. Australian actress Margot Robbie, seen earlier this year in "About Time" makes a huge splash in this movie. You can't take your eyes off her any time she is on the screen. Finally, Leo takes it to another level. He may be over the top at times, but he leaves everything he has up on that screen. There is one ten-minute sequence in the movie that will have people talking about for a long time. Pay attention when the Lemon 714 comes into play to prepare for it.
After "Hugo" and now "The Wolf of Wall Street: Martin Scorsese shows that there is no one out there who can emulate him. He is a master of his craft and does some of his finest work with this movie. A lot of movies came out today and if you can't decide on what to see, this should be the obvious choice. It is rated R, an hard R at that, for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use, language throughout and some violence.