Jack "The Film Lover" says... "The Wolf of Wall Street" completes the DEGENERATE TRILOGY! That's Right Part I "Goodfellas", Part II "Casino" and Part III "The Wolf of Wall Street" the story of an innocent man gaining everything he wanted and more and losing it all. Gaining everything he thought he wanted only to find out the life he gets after he loses everything is in fact what he really needed. (1) Henry Hill in "Goodfellas" Always wanted to be a gangster and after committing crimes and becoming addicted to cocaine he lost everything and went into witness protection to live the rest of his life in peace and make money from his story. (2) Sam Rothstein in "Casino" was a gambling man who wanted a life of power and money he got all of it and more, and after committing some crimes and getting addicted to power and money he lost everything and retired to San Diego to live the rest of his life in peace and make money from his story. (3) Jordan Belford in "The Wolf of Wall Street" wanted money and did everything in his power to get it, committing crimes and getting addicted to cocaine he lost everything went to prison and came out the other end to live the rest of his life in peace and make money from his story.
This is why I loved this movie, to me it was the final chapter in the poem that Martin Scorsese has been writing, and it sends a clear message. You think you know what you want but once you get it you find out you were not prepared for it so you lose it. It's a classic opera! A modern day Greek tragedy at its best and it's beautifully acted by everyone, I won't even begin to discuss how great Leonardo DiCaprio was, is, and always is! I don't need an Oscar to tell me he is amazing. Jonah Hill didn't even resemble Jonah Hill, he was great!
Other people will like this movie because of the money aspect without catching the true meaning of the money aspect, MONEY was the main villain! Take away the money? And you have a movie about a cocaine fueled hobo who beats his wife.
The money did not buy anyone happiness because they were all degenerates, and to be a Scorsese degenerate is a beautiful thing, "Taxi Driver" was a HERO! Think about it along those lines and you will see that all of these characters are just like you and me, give them an inch and they get addicted to cocaine!
Jack "The Filmmaker" says I did get a bit tired of the narrating style and the fast passed action, I know this is part of the story telling but I feel like the movie was really bright and really sunny and the lighting was very clean, this I think was done on purpose of course what it does is it makes you feel uneasy (Dark things are happening in broad daylight, bad things in bright places) but Martin Scorsese always plays with lighting and I think he could have played a bit more with this one so we don't feel rushed. The narrating style of talking straight to the camera was a bit off putting too but again I think that was the point, to make you uncomfortable.
Jack "The Parent" says NO!!! RUN AWAY! Don't let your kids even see the DVD case! Seriously DUH! No kids! It is great fun to watch alone! In the dark when you are really depressed and that's it!