Film Review: The Wolf of Wall Street
When Martin Scorsese showed Paramount a 4-hour cut of “The Wolf of Wall Street” with borderline pornographic content, they had to be concerned about the marketability of the film. Clocking in at two hours and fifty-nine minutes and providing just enough sexuality to maintain an R-rating, “The Wolf of Wall Street” is really quite…different.
Based off Jordan Belfort’s memoir, “The Wolf of Wall Street” shows us how Belfort managed to climb up the financial ladder only to spiral out into the madness of his own world. It is bewildering and consistently shocking. The early word for the film stated that it was “pretty much” three hours of sex and drugs, and I cannot dispute that the the sex and drugs are apparent throughout the duration of the film. The moral, however, seems to be lossed upon some detractors.
The Wolf of Wall Street
(Nov. 15 2013; Paramount Pictures)
Early Word: Well, it is Scorsese. The film’s trailer looks great, there is concern as to wether the Academy will go for this, but they’ve gone for Scorsese in the past and quite frequently.
Projected MetaCritic: 87
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Terence Winter, Jordan Belfort
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Margot Robbie, Jean Dujardin
Cinematographer: Rodrigo Prieto
Production Designer: Bob Shaw
Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker
Original Music: Howard Shore
The Monuments Men
(Dec. 20 2013; Warner Bros.)
Summary: In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them.
Early Word: The film just looks fantastic, with an all-star cast/crew along with a very helpful Mid-December release. Not to mention its theme of art preservation will play well with the Academy. It’ll be difficult for this film to miss even if it is critically average.
Projected Metacritic: 83
Director: George Clooney
Writer: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Robert M. Edsel
Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin
Cinematographer: Phendon Papamichael
Production Designer: James D. Bissell
Editor: Ruy Diaz, Stephen Mirrione
Original Music: Alexandre Desplat