#3 WOLF OF WALL STREET
Directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Leo DiCrapio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie and Matthew McConaughey.
179 minutes long.
What is it about January? It seems each year our cinemas get overwhelmed by dramatic, thought provoking and extremely well made dramas, made with an adult audience in mind, it's almost as if Hollywood is apologising for the glut of kid and family entertainment it's been spewing out for the past eight months in the lead up to Christmas.
In the past month we've had several films that have all gone on to garnish awards and nominations from both the Oscars and the Golden Globes, I can't help think these facts might be related.
ANYWAY, this week it's the turn of the fifth Martin Scorsese movie to star Leo DiCaprio and I gotta tell you, I BLOODY LOVED IT!
It's a film of utter excess, and everything in it is done to excess apart from the acting which is all simply note perfect. In a nutshell, Leo plays Jourdan Belfort, a broker who could sell the back legs of a donkey back to the donkey he took them from, the film follows his career path from innocent and naive broker to the uber Master of the Universe on the way to amassing a personal wealth of hundreds of millions of dollars simply by preying on the greed of others.
Leo just keeps proving, time after time, what a superb actor he is and single-handily carries this film, being as he is in almost every single scene. He demonstrates an previously unseen talent for some brilliant physical acting and comedy.
There's a worry with this film that it somehow glorifies the money men who helped fuck up the economy and makes their despicable crimes seem victimless, but that's simply not the case, this is a film about excess, corruption and greed, it doesn't have to be about the victims to make a statement and by the end of it the statement has been made, it's not just the bankers who are fucker but the entire legal system which having spent so long pursuing and bringing Jourdan to justice simply sticks him in a open prison to practice his tennis for a couple of years.
As a tale of out of control greed this film is an insane roller coaster ride and one I loved. The excesses of this film are truly astonishing and the depravity of it all becomes almost desensitising. Plus it's one of the sexiest films I seen in ages and it's an 18, in fact, when was the last time you saw an 18 certificate film, these things are getting rarer than chicken teeth?
Can't wait to see this film again and hope to do so before I pre-order it on Blu Ray.
If this film had come out in any other year than 2014 it would win Oscars for Best Film, Director, Script, actor and Supporting Actor, but sadly it'll have to share the awards with Oscar worthy 12 Years a Slave, which is a shame because of the two, Wolf of Wall St is the better directed, acted and looking movie and I didn't even mind the running time.
So far my favourite film of the year!