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The Wolf Of Wall Street - 17/12/2013 10:29:16 PM   
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- 17/12/2013 10:29:17 PM   
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A three hour, 18 certificated, Martin Scorsese film - I was already excited for this.
Now it's officially a five star reviewed (and not just here on Empire), three hour, 18 certificated Martin Scorsese film, it is the most I've anticipated a film's opening night in a very very long time.

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My Christmas wish has come true - 18/12/2013 7:21:02 AM   
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As an investment banker cinephile... I couldnt have asked for a better Christmas bonus. A 5 -star, 3 hour, NC-17, black-comedy Martin Scorsese film.

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cant wait - 18/12/2013 1:07:39 PM   
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This is going to be a real treat for the new year.

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Who is Damon Wise? - 18/12/2013 7:33:00 PM   
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Doesn't Empire employ editors? This is a shockingly bad review. Not in its incomprehensible rabbit in the Scorsese headlights narrative but really, do we as a potential cinema going, new to the story audience, really need to know at this stage, that jail is involved.

This review rambles, circumnavigates points of interest half as often as it does potential failings. You don't start a five star review with an explanation why it might take years to understand why this is a five star review. I'm in the cinema my friend for three hours tops.

Wasn't Caprio great in Aviator?

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RE: Who is Damon Wise? - 18/12/2013 9:17:39 PM   
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Do we know if the UK release is the R-rated version or the NC-17 version that was trimmed for the US release?

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RE: Who is Damon Wise? - 18/12/2013 9:27:48 PM   
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Damon Wise is a longstanding Empire writer and a couple of odd commas aside it's, IMO, a damn well-written review. I don't think even the minor comment is a spoiler given it's froma true story and much of the publicity has focussed on that.

It may even make me pay money for a Scorsese film after years of him wasting Di Caprio and even one that stars the Jonah Hill, of whose acting 'talent' I have a very low opinion.

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RE: Who is Damon Wise? - 19/12/2013 9:53:44 PM   
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Absolutely can not wait for this. Reviews have been fantastic and that makes me a happy Scorsese fan since his last few movies have been in the mixed bag variety.

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RE: Who is Damon Wise? - 28/12/2013 10:17:36 AM   
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The real 'Great Gatsby' and the best performance DiCaprio has given in a Scorsese movie.
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The Wolf of Wall Street - 14/1/2014 12:31:06 AM   
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Strange I was looking for the review and now it appears there are already comments from a month back. Looking forward to this one.

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GreedFellas - 14/1/2014 7:37:49 AM   
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"In fact, there’s very little modern music..."

There's very much 90's hiphop and dancehall shit. Not very modern indeed.

It's a weird movie. Very well made and funny and yet highly distressing. It gave me nightmares.

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RE: GreedFellas - 14/1/2014 11:25:53 AM   
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Scorsese's latest is a 3-hour comedy about a rectum wiping itself with $100 bills. Leonardo DiCaprio plays said rectum, in the best performance he's given in any Scorsese movie ever. Damn, that's the sixth time I used that comment. But Since this is a Scorsese movie, everyone is supposed to admire it. So I give this one 5 shit-stained stars.

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RE: The Wolf Of Wall Street - 14/1/2014 3:23:50 PM   
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This film is so good that even Jonah fatty wotshisface is good in it. The censored version is pointless though. Watch the real version.

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RE: The Wolf Of Wall Street - 14/1/2014 6:10:35 PM   
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Couldn't believe when I heard this was 3 hours long as it absolutely flew by. Raucous entertainment, many genuine laugh out loud moments and a superb performance from Di Caprio. Terrence Winter's script bounces about the screen like a firecracker. Great soundtrack too.

Think Goodfellas vs Wall Street.

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RE: The Wolf Of Wall Street - 15/1/2014 1:27:21 AM   
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I have high expectations for the film. I already enjoyed some of Scorsese's other films, like Goodfellas, Taxi Driver and The Departed.

So I doubt I will be let down and DiCaprio is a terrific actor. I hope a friend of mine can get the both of us free tickets to see this film, as he works in an Odeon cinema.

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RE: The Wolf Of Wall Street - 15/1/2014 3:22:50 PM   
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Will there ever be a banker film with a female protagonist?

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RE: The Wolf Of Wall Street - 15/1/2014 7:11:33 PM   
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Will there ever be a banker film with a female protagonist?


Well, a female banker would probably be too ethical and professional. The Rather Nice and Benevolent Banker of Wall Street doesn't sound too interesting to me.

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RE: The Wolf Of Wall Street - 15/1/2014 9:10:26 PM   
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Will there ever be a banker film with a female protagonist?


Well, a female banker would probably be too ethical and professional. The Rather Nice and Benevolent Banker of Wall Street doesn't sound too interesting to me.


I dunno, if they do it right we could get Ilsa: She-Wolf of Wall Street.


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RE: The Wolf Of Wall Street - 16/1/2014 12:01:22 AM   
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I dunno, if they do it right we could get Ilsa: She-Wolf of Wall Street.



Let's get a Kickstarter open and make this happen!

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RE: The Wolf Of Wall Street - 16/1/2014 12:03:42 AM   
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Wasn't Working Girl about a female banker?

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RE: The Wolf Of Wall Street - 16/1/2014 7:44:57 AM   
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If I could give this six stars I would. One of the best movies I've seen in years. Made me laugh, pretty much the whole duration.

I normally can't stand Jonah Hill but he was actually pretty good in this but nothing can better Di Caprios performance. Inspired.

The Ferrari/Telephone scene between the two is possibly the funniest scene I've ever seen in a movie.

Fantastic movie.

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RE: The Wolf Of Wall Street - 17/1/2014 4:24:40 PM   
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I can't remember the last straight American comedy I've enjoyed. It may have had somebody like Chevy Chase in it...or Steve Martin when Steve Martin was good. I never got with the Judd Apatow or Will Ferrell industries. With Wolf of Wall Street it occurs to me that I think I need my comedy skewed through this wonderfully hellish prism of the epic "not-quite a comedy" genre. Wolf is enthrallingly lurid stuff that would be bona fide dramatic but like Dr. Strangelove, Winter and Scorsese know how to play the tipping point of absurdity and still leave a corrosive unease.

If it has any flaws it's probably that it doesn't communicate the technical nous of its making into a lasting cerebral impression for the audience....but wait...I'm saying this and you're trying to take it in...but who the fuck cares right?

5/5

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great - 17/1/2014 5:58:59 PM   
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I loved every minute. Di Caprio is immense. And anyone who thinks that this film is lacking for not portraying these people as 'bad enough' is quite simply a dunce.

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Bravo! - 17/1/2014 10:39:27 PM   
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Although you can't actively 'like' Jordan Belfort, and certainly can't approve of his behaviour and actions, you can't help but admire that he got away with it for so long, and came out the other side with a story to tell. Less of a cautionary tale, more of a cautious boast, The Wolf of Wall Street is far more compelling, and entertaining, than it probably has any right to be in 2014.

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RE: The Wolf Of Wall Street - 18/1/2014 1:37:54 AM   
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In 1995, Casino – Martin Scorsese’s spiritual successor to his gangster masterpiece Goodfellas – was not only his longest-running film but at the time had the most frequent use of the word “fuck”, which is largely contributed by Joe Pesci. Almost two decades later, Scorsese has beaten the f-word record as his adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir The Wolf of Wall Street is not only one minute longer than Casino but has the “fuck” count of 569. This may not be of utter importance, all you need to know that Scorsese is in top form.

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) who starts off great in his Wall Street but due to the crash of 1987, he hits downhill. Inspired by a dodgy local dealership that sells cheap stocks to working-class people, Belfort rises as a New York stockbroker who runs a firm that engages in securities fraud and corruption on Wall Street in the 1990s.

Considering the title and the subject matter which is new to Scorsese, the Wall Street element is secondary to the lifestyle of the Wolf, as there are sequences that discuss the technical jargon of Belfort’s business, but is quickly disregarded by Belfort basically saying “we’re just a ton of money”. Written by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, the script is very much an examination of Belfort’s life, which is comprised of sex, drugs and money, all of which displayed in shocking detail and with a running time of three hours, it can get a bit much.

Whilst it’s a fair to say that you can’t sympathise with many of the characters, not least with Jordan Belfort who certainly has his dark moments, there is a lot of comedy displayed through his lifestyle of which there’s been much debate on how much it’s been exaggerated. Many of the comedy is slapstick, with the funniest scene of the year (granted the year is young) is Belfort and his right-hand man Donnie Azoff take a large number of outdated Lemmon Qualuudes, leading to being severely debilitated, with hilarious results.

From Howard Hughes to Jay Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio here is at his most over-the-top as Belfort whose appalling behaviour may not make him the most likable but is an engaging screen presence that dominates the whole film. Despite the underdevelopment of the female characters like Margot Robbie as Belfort’s wife Naomi Lapaglia, DiCaprio is surrounded by an outstanding supporting cast including Jonah Hill as the scene-stealing, bright white teethed Azoff, as well as a fantastic extended cameo by The Artist’s Jean Dujardin.

With Scorsese’s first exploration of the chaotic world of Wall Street, he doesn’t approach this subject in the strictest sense in the same way as Oliver Stone did with his 1987 drama. Like I said, the story isn’t really about that and more on the black comedic nature of Belfort and his crew. The film has a similar presentation to Goodfellas as narration is a major part with the standard voiceover and Belfort breaking the fourth wall. Considering the sheer length of the story, some of it consisted of the filthy adult content, Scorsese keeps everything well-paced and keeps everything entertaining.

In their fifth and best collaboration, Scorsese and DiCaprio are in top form with the former constructing an epic black comedy about a crooked stockbroker, played brilliantly by the latter. It may lack the perfectness of Scorsese’s best work (i.e. Goodfellas), The Wolf of Wall Street is a great cinematic experience that has to be seen with a mass audience, given the heavy amount of adult content.

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Amazing - 18/1/2014 8:37:03 AM   
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Lives upto the hype...had another actor/director tackled this it would be awful however, this is possibly Dicaprio's greatest role to date. I have to agree wih the critics (and I hate agreeing with critics) that Scorsese is at his most focused here.

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The Wolf of Wall Street - 18/1/2014 4:34:10 PM   
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Awesome film!! DiCaprio is the best actor in the world!! Loved it! Get lost 12 years a slave! the wolf of wall street just ate you up! xx

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RE: The Wolf of Wall Street - 19/1/2014 9:50:36 AM   
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Great film. 5/5. Long but never boring. Well done Scorsese

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Return to form - 20/1/2014 12:08:19 PM   
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About time, Scorsese's last few efforts have been less than mediocre in my opinion. This however is bloody brilliant. It feels similar to Goodfella's, not quite as good but in the same league. And it wasn't anything like as pervy and depraved as I was hoping from all the hype it's just riveting for the full 3 hours. Not quite a 10/10 though, stop cumming in your pants Empire, it's an 8/10

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The funniest, most truthful film I've seen in years. - 22/1/2014 10:43:46 AM   
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Jordan Belfort is a Travelling Devil, the anti-Mary Poppins, breezing into his followers' quiet, desperate lives and teaching them how to live with style through financial independence and moral bankruptcy. According to Billy Wilder 'If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you' and that never has that been truer than here. Watch it, laugh your ass off, then go find a stockbroker and piss in his champagne. And spare a cheer for the BBFC who let the UK see it uncut.

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