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Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

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When asked to choose between Walking with Dinosaurs, 47 Ronin, and The Wolf of Wall Street, the answer was easy: the Scorsese film, of course. First, I didn't want to watch Ronin or Dinosaurs in 2D. Second, it's Scorsese.

It's most probably Scorsese if Leo DiCaprio is in it.

What makes Martin Scorsese a brilliant director? Check out his last five films: Hugo, Shutter Island, The Departed, The Aviator, and Gangs of New York — his genres range from gangster to biopic to mystery to horror to children. Scorsese's storytelling is simple and straightforward, a bit like Steven Spielberg, but more... grandfatherly. Like a grandfather ‘round a campfire, regaling his grandchildren with tales of his war exploits, holding them spellbound, hanging on his every word. In short, Scorsese is never boring, as all master storytellers should be.

Working at Stratford-Oakmont is never boring.

Some people seem bothered by Scorsese's apparent overuse of Leonardo Di Caprio in his films. These same people are also probably bothered by Tim Burton's overuse of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Really, it all boils down to chemistry. Also, those people know nothing.

Deal with it.

By the way, this film shares little to no similarity to the 1987 film with almost the same title. Jordan Belfort is not Gordon Gecko. Besides, this isn't a film about Wall Street per se. This is about the Wolf. Along with his wolf pack as well.

The Wolf Pack should get their own spinoff.

This film is a tad bit lengthy at three hours. But like I said, Scorsese is never boring, so you'd never notice the passage of time. And it's not just the Quaaludes.

The Wolf of Wall Street. USA. 2013.

Original rating: 8.15 / 10
Margot Robbie: + 0.05
Jonah Hill's teeth: - 0.1
Leo's Quaaludes sequence: + 0.2
Director cameos of Rob Reiner and Jon Favreau: + 0.1 each = + 0.2
Jean Dujardin: + 0.1
Not enough Matthew McConaughey: - 0.1
Final rating: 8.35 / 10

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