Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


January 9, 2014

'Wolf of Wall Street' overblown, watchable

In the next couple of weeks with the impending award season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a look at Oscar-worthy movies.

First up is Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (R). Based on the book (and the life of Jordan Belfort), The Wolf of Wall Street shows the rise and fall of Belfort as a shady stockbroker on Wall Street in the late ‘80s/ early ‘90s. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Belfort and is joined on screen by Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey and Kyle Chandler.

Ryan: I mean this in a both positive and negative manner — The Wolf of Wall Street is a mess. Negative, in that it’s almost three hours of ego-driven debauchery that becomes redundant to watch, but also positive in that the stream-of-conscious storytelling does lead to some very entertaining and powerful scenes. Simply put, if this movie was more of procedural or a docu-drama it wouldn’t be as fascinating to watch. But in the hands of Scorsese, he’s able to satirize much of story in a way that leads to debate and discussion. If anything The Wolf of Wall Street will inspire much deliberation as moviegoers extol its own set of virtues and vices on what the film is trying to say.

Andy: I will just come out and say it; The Wolf of Wall Street is too long. There are scenes that are completely unnecessary, such as a Perfect Storm-style boat sinking, that seem like it was tacked on to the move to make it more action-oriented. There are some scenes that just go on for too long, like some of Jonah Hill’s antics. However, as Ryan says, there are some scenes that are fantastic. When you have a marquee director and a highly talented cast making a movie that is purposely bloated and over-the-top, that is to be expected.

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