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Welcome to French Toast Sunday’s feature that is all about YOUR opinions. Talk It Out is designed to generate group discussion on specific movies, general topics and other burning questions plaguing the movie world. We want movie fans to unite and bring with them whatever it is they want to say. Keep reading to join in our first discussion topic.

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What Did You Think of The Wolf of Wall Street?


On Christmas Day, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest collaboration The Wolf of Wall Street hit theaters. The response has been mostly positive but a little divisive currently sitting at a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes but with a praising consensus: “Funny, self-referential, and irreverent to a fault, The Wolf of Wall Street finds Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at their most infectiously dynamic”. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the film, below you will find the film’s trailer and synopsis:

The story of a New York stockbroker, played by DiCaprio, who refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, the corporate banking world and mob infiltration.

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I had to wait all year for my most anticipated film of 2013 and it did not disappoint in the least. I loved the manic energy of Wolf and its hilarity level was only matched by the amount of disgust I felt for these characters. A fine balance was on display between depicting these greedy Wall Street crooks in amusing and appalling lights. DiCaprio gives one of the best performances of his career and the physical comedy talent on display from the actor was incredible. Put that alongside a great supporting cast, including best ever Jonah Hill and promising newcomer Margot Robbie plus a host of other welcome faces and you have a true winner with Scorsese’s latest. My only complaint – not nearly enough McConaughey.

For a great read on the implications of the film, check out this interview that Leonardo DiCaprio did with the LA Times. If you think this film is just an excuse for packing in the most scenes of debauchery possible, you’re kind of missing the point. Although, they are incredibly funny and some of the best of the year.

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Have you seen the film yet or do you want to see it? Do you think the film lives up to other Scorsese/Leo collaborations? Do you think there’s more than a good time to be had with this movie? Did the message of the movie shine through enough for you? Also, feel free to leave a link to your review in the comments if you have already reviewed it on your personal blog.

What Did You Think of The Wolf of Wall Street?

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4 thoughts on “Talk It Out: The Wolf of Wall Street

    • I read through your review, and while it was detailed enough that I totally see where you’re coming from but I am totally on the other side of the fence. I loved the frenetic, nonstop energy of the film. It took awhile to get there but I feel like the last half hour-ish where Jordan reaches his low point completely cut off that tone and brought to the screen something very real and brutal. Maybe you were just so numbed from seeing so much of the same mania for a couple hours that it didn’t feel like as much of a story development?

      I think the themes of capitalist greed are readily apparent, but what’s really stuck with me is the commentary on the audience’s complacency in this sort of person’s corruption. How we sat in entertainment through a movie about this horrible man’s antics and sort of give the power over to the bad guys in a sense (the last lingering shot of the audience really drove it home). There are still people in his position making morbid amounts of money and spending it in similar ways but we pretty much sit blindly by as it happens.

      Thanks for sharing your opinion!

  1. I don’t want to say the film was TOO long but it was loooong. But maybe that’s just because I’d heard that it breezes by. I did laugh A LOT. Jonah Hill was hilarious. It felt a little meandering to me in general but overall I really enjoyed it. The best Scorsese/Leo film is still The Departed in my book.

    • Oh, yeah I would have to go with The Departed over this as well.

      It’s long, but I was grateful because so many scenes that could have been edited down into really short moments had room to breath and get really, really funny over the length of it. For instance, that lemmons scene felt like it was at least 15 minutes from start to finish, but I’m SO glad that it wasn’t cut down beyond that because it was so awesome.

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