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The Wolf needs to cut back

Scorseses new film, The Wolf of Wall Street, well done but tries too hard


The story of Wolfie — as he is affectionately known — is similar to his favorite quaalude, Lemmon 714: better in small doses, something you probably shouldn’t do and too intense for the average person. “The Wolf of Wall Street” is a well done movie, but there’s just too much of it.by: PARAMOUNT PICTURES - On top -- Leonardo DiCaprio depicts Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese's new film, 'The Wolf of Wall Street.' The film opened Christmas day.

Following a young stockbroker on his rise and ultimate fall in the industry, the Martin Scorsese film tries to pack it all in. Every stereotypical issue is explored — corruption, drug abuse, hookers, complicated love, power, money laundering and more. Each aspect is well executed and interesting, but with the three hour run time there’s only so much the audience can take. Intense is an appropriate descriptor for this movie.

Leonardo DiCaprio, also known as Jordan Belfort, is the leading man, and is as impressive as always. His transformation from poor, eager, idealistic stockbroker to money-hungry sleeze ball is remarkable. DiCaprio is certainly a highlight to watch, but again, by the two-hour mark, you’re ready for the journey to be over and appreciation runs thin.

It’s also trying to be two movies: a comedy and a political commentary.

Sure, it’s funny in parts, and it explores the politics be­hind Wall Street and how it consumes people. But so does any other movie ex­ploring Wall Street. Trying so hard to be both means each aspect lacks.

There were a few odd directional choices. Take the opening scene for example. The film jumps in at the height of Bel­fort’s career. And then jumps back to the be­ginning. Fairly standard opening these days. But then it takes at least an hour to get back to that place, which only em­phasizes how drawn out the film is.

And then there’s the seem­ingly random first person narrative clips. This can be effective in films, but the Wolf’s anecdotes were awkwardly placed and confusing. Why does he need to narrate the color of his Lamborghini when it adds nothing to the film?

It just goes back to trying to do too much in one film. I wanted to love it, but even now I’m unsure of my feelings toward it. It was a great film, but in the technically done aspect. The acting was phenomenal, the film was shot beautifully and I suppose you can’t argue that the characters weren’t developed. But in some cases, such as “The Wolf of Wall Street,” addressing every issue and resolving the film completely doesn’t work.



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