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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
It's a terrible film.
The lead players (DiCaprio and Hill) are never believable in their roles. Neither of them age through the film. Neither of them can yell or emote, or do anything other than look like a smug chump.
The plot is nonsensical, with too much detail in irrelevant areas followed by omitting large amounts of what I would assume to be important to the believability of the film.
There are lots of crane / wire / dolly shots that distract people. The cameras are expensive, the boom mics never fall into frame, the editing is fine.
It's clear than this film is trying to be a modern day equivalent to the Godfather or Scarface, following the rise and fall and relationships over time. You need a great actor to carry that kind of story. DiCaprio can't even carry his hairpiece believably.
Jean DuJardin is a powercock. If they'd made a film starring him then maybe it could have been enjoyable.
The scene with the phone cord and the choking on food on the floor might be the worst piece of cinema made in the last 25 years.
Horrible film, horrible
From the beginning of this film to the end there is no consistency.
I would love to make millions of comments about how bad this film is, and why it is so, using words like "narrative" "cliche' " "heavy-handed" "badly-cast" "fan-service" but I don't need to use any of them.
This movie is a misery to watch... the music is awful and inappropriate.
There are only two reasons that make the sheep in all of us enjoy this film:
1/ they have read the book and actually know the story before-hand, turning the film into a series of visually pleasing memories from the novel. They already know the characters and the relationships and bring them to the film, because the film certainly does not bring them to the viewer.
2/ they enjoy feeling miserable because their lives are so easy that any kind of struggle (including watching horrible bad films) adds some variety and difference to their life. However, most people can't tell the difference between an emotionally sad story and an emotionally sad film-watching experience. I was sad during this film because it is a bad film.
so, if you liked "Babel" and "Hard Candy" then you should enjoy this film. If you don't like rubbish, then avoid this piece of trash with all of your powers.
Hard Candy (2005)
This movie is a subtle yet heavily unclever pro-capital punishment argument. It's like hearing a child trying to convince you that you should do something, and they always use the most extreme circumstance. eg... "You don't believe in capital punishment? what about pedophiles!!!???" You get my point.
Not sure if it was funded by the people who funded the Cidar House Rules, but it was made by the same type of idiot.
and as a sub-point to this, the dialogue was dreadful, the line-delivery was overdone and slow, and the casting was a little absurd.
DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE. Ignore it, and hope it disappears.