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The Wolf of Wall Street
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Apr 1, 2014 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Martin Scorsese

Actors:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Jonah Hill
Margot Robbie

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In the 1990s, stockbroker Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) rises from low-level trader to Wall Street multimillionaire while getting addicted to drugs and attracting the attention of the FBI.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
You may have never heard the name Jordan Belfort, but he probably doesnt careunless you can help him net $1 million a week.

Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio, who earned his fourth Oscar nomination) built his empire from the ground up. He took a job as pond scum on Wall Street, then one selling penny stocks, then opened his own brokerage house, which grew into Stratton Oakmont, where he started making enough fun coupons to purchase a mansion, multiple cars, a few horses and a yacht.

His key partner is giddy, Chiclet-toothed Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill, who earned his second Oscar nod). His wife is sexy blonde model Naomi (Margot Robbie). His main trouble is FBI agent Patrick Denham (Kyle Chandler). His overseas source is Switzerland-based banker Jean-Jacques Saure (Jean Dujardin). His team is young, hungry and stupid. His goal is and always will be the almighty dollar.

Belfort cares about few, womanizes many, can see himself at nowhere but the top and is, in two words, an asshole. Does he care? Probably not. But hes exactly the sort of person that makes people hate the idea of greed.

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET is a tale of greed, money, sex, drugs and whatever else Jordan feels like partaking in. And THE WOLF OF WALL STREET as a whole is, like its plot and characters, a demonstration of excess. Thats how you can explain the three-hour runtime (its now Scorseses longest) and the FPM (figure it out) count of 3.16 (a record for a non-documentary).

Martin Scorseses latest has the style and themes of GOODFELLAS and the black humor of AFTER HOURS. It also has a lot of Quaaludes. It should be a lethal combination, but THE WOLF OF WALL STREET turns out to be one of the directors most ambitious and satisfying films, showing the exhausting rise and fall of a sociopath while nailing every joke it constructs. (And, despite what you may typically expect from Scorsese, the film is filled with humor, most notably the scene in which Belfort, doped on Lemmons, struggles to get to the steering wheel, a moment that shows DiCaprio is capable of hysterical physical comedy.)

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET is host to plenty of despicable men, but it has to be part comedy to show just how easy it is to be entertained by all of Belforts excessesand with all of the energy and edge it has, we are. And because of the way the film is crafted, we dont realize until its all over that a director in his seventies and an actor who at least partially admires Belfort are teaching us a lesson about the dangers weve been enjoying.

THE EXTRAS
The Wolf Pack (17:00): This featurette looks at the story and themes of THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. Interviewees include star Leonardo DiCaprio, director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Like its subject matter, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET is a demonstration of excess. Every one of its 179 minutes is brimming with sex, drugs, money and whatever else Jordan Belfort is in the mood for, all developing a lesson about the dangers of it all. Unfortunately for fans, this release is light on special features and includes only a featurette.
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4:38AM on 04/01/2014
When is the 1 hour longer extended edition coming out?
When is the 1 hour longer extended edition coming out?
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9:04AM on 04/04/2014
The producers actually expressed interest in releasing the extended version at a certain point. But such rumors have since been put to bed.
The producers actually expressed interest in releasing the extended version at a certain point. But such rumors have since been put to bed.
6:26AM on 04/01/2014
Never, Scorsese said the first cut was 4 hours long and that it worked but when they cut the fat for theatrical release the pacing got perfected. It's too bad because the fat is apparently pretty fucking good, hopefully they'll be included in a special edition.
Never, Scorsese said the first cut was 4 hours long and that it worked but when they cut the fat for theatrical release the pacing got perfected. It's too bad because the fat is apparently pretty fucking good, hopefully they'll be included in a special edition.
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2:52AM on 04/01/2014
The movie was misogynistic and way over rated.
The movie was misogynistic and way over rated.
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2:48PM on 04/01/2014
It's only misogynistic if you take it at face value and project yourself into the main characters, instead of partaking in the critique that Scorsese is serving.
It's only misogynistic if you take it at face value and project yourself into the main characters, instead of partaking in the critique that Scorsese is serving.
9:35AM on 04/01/2014
The characters certainly were. But I think Scorsese was more fascinated by them than he was identified with them.
The characters certainly were. But I think Scorsese was more fascinated by them than he was identified with them.
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