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The Wolf Of Wall Street Review

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Leonardo DiCaprio despite being very famous and rich often gets so much stick. People often overlook the fact that he is a great actor. He has given loads of great performances over the years and  now he has reunited with director Martin Scorsese to make The Wolf of Wall Street. It may shock many people after watching the movie that this is based on a true story and if you Google Jordan Belfort you can find interesting and shocking interviews about the time he was on wall street.

First of all I will say that this is an odd film for Scorsese to make. Recently he made Hugo which was a children’s film and The Wolf of Wall Street is far more adult but it seems to have a very different tone from his other films. I did question if Scorsese was the best choice of director for this project but he does a great job regardless of what I think. Scorsese is a great director and he has the influence and the fame to do what he wants. A criticism of the film is that it is long running at 179 minutes and Scorsese allegedly had editing issues to cut it down to that. The length is an issue with this film in my opinion, some claim that it flies by but despite the film being entertaining I do think people are very aware of the time passing as they watch it. I do think the film is really well made and I would go as far to say this is an iconic piece of cinema. However the opening of the film which includes Photoshopped images and the visual effects seem very sloppy and unfinished. Some people may think it looks great but during the boat scene I could tell that all of it was visual effects.

DiCaprio really throws himself into the role of Jordan Belfort and the fact that he was able to use Belfort’s book as well as the person himself for research the role is really genuine. Despite some really crude and extreme scenes this may be one if not the best performance DiCaprio has ever given. I know DiCaprio is a really good actor but I am suprised at how much of this role he embodied. Belfort does break the fourth wall in the film and narrates a great deal of it which I don’t think was the best thing to do. It works out at the end as it appears

The supporting cast is also great, Jonah Hill has really changed as an actor and really delivers in this film. Hill started off in comedies and despite this being a dark comedy it is a more serious film than people think. Like the Golden Globes class this film as a comedy. Jon Bernthal also gives a great performance but I felt he was underused a great deal. Jean Dujardin also has a small role in the film and it is good to see him in bigger films after having done nothing that noteworthy after winning an oscar for The Artist. Rob Reiner also has a small role as Belfort’s father. Margot Robbie who plays Belfort’s wife in this in my opinion is a weak point. I did not think she ruined the film but I felt she was nothing special. That may be jsut because she is not really the focus of the movie but as I said Jon Bernthal and Jean Dujardin have small roles but they are more rememberable than her.  I am sure that this film will allow Robbie to have a greater career and well done to her.

Overall this is a solid film with a great director, a great story, a great ensemble and a great leading man. DiCaprio also picked up a Golden Globe for this role and may even go on to get an Oscar nomination and maybe even a win. However it seems that the academy awards hate him for some reason but we just need to wait and see. I do think that the length of the film will put people off and cause many people to wait for it to be released on DVD and Blu Ray. If you don’t mind sitting in the cinema for over 3 hours as there will be adverts check out this film.

8/10

What did you think of the film? Please comment below and thanks for reading.

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My Top 5 Film Directors

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There have been many great films over the years and I have had joyous and wonderful moments through the art of cinema. This is due to a lot of factors. But I like to give credit to the person with the vision. The Director. There are many directors who I admire and so many I could put on this list but I had to keep it to five. Here are my top 5 directors.

5. Clint Eastwood

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Clint Eastwood  started off acting and got involved in directing later on. Now many people will know him mainly for his roles in westerns but Eastwood has shown his directing range and made interesting and entertaining films for the mass audiences. He has directed westerns which is what he is known for but has branched out into different genres. His film Unforgiven received Oscar nominations including best director for which Eastwood won. He then went on to get another win for directing for Million Dollar Baby. As well as receiving nominations for other films such as Mystic River and Letters From Iwo Jima.  He has also demonstrated great acting and directing in his films over the years and the fact he was an actor adds to his directing skill I think.  And he is still directing now at 83 years old. He is currently working on Jersey Boys and may be directing the film American Sniper about Chris Kyle shortly after.

4. Steven Spielberg

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Steven Spielberg is possibly the most famous and most commercially successful directors to have ever lived. He has showed both range and consistency in his directing. Working on action adventure films such as Indiana Jones, working on intense pieces like Schindler’s List of working on animation in Tintin. Now his films do vary with their critical acclaim but I think it is fair to say that Steven Spielberg is a highly skilled director and really knows what he is doing. He also is involved in producing lots of projects which both are successful critically and commercially. its good to see a director work on varied films. He has directed almost 50 films on his career and it is clear that he loves to work and devoted to high quality. You just need to watch any of his films to understand how good a director he is. His most recent film was Lincoln which received critical acclaim and for a biopic it did very well at the box office.

3. Ridley Scott

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Ridley Scott is known to be a very difficult man to work with and despite he may not be as calm as other directors whilst working he seems to get the job done. He has made some iconic films and has been involved in producing many other projects. He has directed some of the most iconic films of the 20th century such as Alien and Blade Runner and at 75 years old he is still working. I like the fact that his films are varied and that he can deliver in both small films with few actors and a small scale such as Alien and then work on epic pieces of cinema like Black Hawk Down. For me is is a truly great director. I also heard a story about Alien. His storyboards were so good and clear about conveying the vision to the producers that he got the films budget doubled simply for the detail and effort he put into per-production. His next film The Counselor comes out this month and has a great ensemble cast and the screenplay was written by the great Cormac Mcarthy.

2. Quentin Tarantino

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Tarantino has a unique style and his characters are in deep with pop culture references which really adds so much to his films. It appears that all his films take place in the same universe and that he has created a parallel world which has interesting characters and fun plots. Writing his stuff from scratch rather than adapting novels or stories he has really been able to leave his mark on the world of directing. Tarantino without doubt is the auteur of this generation and will be remembered as one of the most iconic directors of all time. He works very well with actors he has worked with before and is very involved in casting his projects as he tends to write characters for specific actors. I think this highlights that he has a clear vision of what he wants his films to be and that is a sign of a great director.

1. Christopher Nolan

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Christopher Nolan is my favorite director at the moment because I think he is a fantastic director and I will even call him an auteur. He seems to get the very best out of his actors and everyone who works on his films to make high quality motion pictures. I know he does not like to use visual effects in films and prefers the use of special effects and stunts. The corridor scene from Inception was all filmed on a rotating rig. The snow scenes were shot up in the mountains. In The Dark Knight the truck was really flipped. Some directors would not take the challenge of being so practical with effects but he does. Also his films do contain a great mix of action and plot and he makes a film interesting both visually and through his high story telling skills. I have not hated any of the films he has done and I am looking forward to his next project Interstellar which will be released next year.

What do you think about these directors? I know I have missed some classic directors off this list but I felt this list reflects the time we live in now. Thanks for reading.