2013: #2 The Wolf of Wall Street


Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Written by:  Terrence Winter
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughey, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, and Jean Dujardin
Distributer: Paramount
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 179 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 12/25/2013
Date seen: 12/25/2013
Worldwide Box Office Gross: 338 Minutes
# of Oscar nominations: 5 (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 10 (Best Musical Performance, Best Source Music, Best Soundtrack, Best Editing, Best Cameo, Best Actor, Best Line, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best  Trailer, and Best Comedy
# of Golden Stakes Won: 4 (Best Source Music, Best Editing, Best Line, and Best Comedy)

When Martin Scorsese announced that he and Leonardo Di Caprio were making a film called The Wolf of Wall Street, I’ve got to say this is not what I was expecting.  That’s not to say that this isn’t part and parcel with the distinct style that Martin Scorsese has established over the course of career, because it is, but it’s pretty unique from the prestige pictures that he’s been associated with recently.  The film is, in essence, the third installment of a thematic/stylistic trilogy that he started with Goodfellas, continued with Casino, and finished with this latest project.  Of course there is a sort of statement being made by treating a man like Jordan Belfort the same way that he treated Henry Hill and Sam Rothstein, and yet it’s perhaps a bit odd that it’s his supposed glamorization of a crooked stock broker that landed him in the most hot water rather than the supposed glamorization of people who were straight up murderers.  But let’s not get distracted by the film’s various controversies; instead let’s focus in on the skill of its craftsmanship.  This is, in essence, an epic comedy.  The fact that it’s incredibly funny would have been enough to get it a place on this list regardless of its subject matter.  It’s also edited masterfully and uses all sorts of cutaway gags and other tricks to simulate the turbulent lives of these traders who seem to be living in the midst of the party from hell right up to the point where the rug is finally pulled out from under them.  Frankly, I’m glad this has become controversial, it means that there’s something genuinely dangerous about what Scorsese has done.  The movie is proof that he isn’t going to just fade away like some old soldier.
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