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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
"Cocaine and hookers" - there, summed up the movie for ya
The movie was way too long, so I will make this review short. I will begin with saying that this is a very hit or miss movie. I would recommend it if you like somewhat immature sexual humour and not too complicated satire. However, if you get offended over swearing and naked women this movie is not for you. I myself thought it was somewhat enjoyable overall. I might change my rating to a 6 or even a 7 if I see it again, who knows. I am not saying I can't enjoy some crude sexual humour and the satire was definitely sharp and cutting, and I gigglesnorted a few times now and again. But the humour revolves so much around the punchline "cocaine and hookers", just like the film itself, and I think that was one of the things that put me a little off it. But even that would probably have been okay was it not that the movie is 3 HOURS LONG. When a movie is this long, you would just expect a little more variety than the movie offers. So I gotta admit, when the ending turned out to be so anti-climatic, I was really disappointed. The acting is very solid though, and the cinematography is well done overall. However, you cannot make a good comedy solely on these premises, and the fact that I was not particularly entertained throughout the majority of the movie really just proves my point that it will be extremely subjective if you enjoy the sort of humour the movie offers or not.
The Book of Eli (2010)
The world needs Jesus? No, this film needs Jesus
The film starts out very well. For the first 20 minutes of this movie, I really thought I would be enjoying myself. Very beautiful yet dark post-apocalyptic setting. Well crafted cinematography. And a bold ultra-violent fight scene. I really thought this would be good. Then it turned south. After the 20 minute mark, the pacing is slowed down to a snore-fest. The action becomes repetitive and boring, and the space between anything interesting becomes excruciatingly long. Furthermore, the acting got pretty poor, but that's what you would expect from a movie featuring Mila Kunis. So, what could make this movie worse you might ask? Oh boy, let me tell you. First off, the whole plot revolving around how important Eli's Bible makes the movie is makes it seem like it was made for the Bible channel. A Christian movie for Christians to confirm how important their religion really are. But instead of giving an interesting new perspective of religion, like Life of Pi did, it's just the good old "The world needs Gods words to go on". And then we have the big final plot-twist *spoiler alert*. Eli is blind, who would have guessed it? Well, no one. This isn't the final piece of the puzzle coming into place to make the movie make more sense, like in The Sixth Sense or The Usual Suspects. No, this is a reveal that makes absolutely zero sense. We saw Eli gun down dozens of people with perfect aiming. We saw him annihilate the cat in the beginning with a bow and arrow from a great distance. And he commented on the graves in the backyard of the cannibals' house, which makes it obvious he could see them. Maybe he had some sort of second sight like Daredevil, who knows, but it would at least serve your audience justice if you let us know. And finally, the biggest flaw of the film: The complete misunderstanding of Christian values. I'm not Christian myself, but I know what the New Testament is about: Forgiveness, Non-violence, Mercy, Love. Eli is the exact opposite of this, when he annihilates any bad-guy that gets in his way, yet will not save a woman from rape because he needs to "stay on the path". So even as a Christian Bible-channel movie, it still fails. And the only reason I gave the "generous" 4 out of 10 is for the overall beautiful cinematography and the first 20 minutes being entertaining. Overall, I would not recommend this to anyone, religious or not.