Wolf

wolfI’m glad to see another strong comedy for 2013. If I had to choose between Wolf of Wall St and American Hustle, it would be tough.

While there was some drama in Wolf, the bulk  is a drug and alcohol induced debauchery run for a team of crap security salesmen, made opulent and entertaining in a style only Martin Scorsese could accomplish; meticulously constructed and visually overstimulating.

The dialogue and timing are sharp and fast.  The f-word is dropped every f-ing minute of every f-ing scene but anything less would not accurately portray ethically bankrupt NYC stock brokers in their native habitat.

The usual suspects in this film were great; DiCaprio very convincingly playing yet another charismatic leader doomed to a predicable rise and fall. He seemed to be giving 150% in this role since his timing was spot-on in delivering humour, sarcasm, encouragement, and anger, just like a New Yorker. My bad, a f-ing New Yorker.

For me the surprising show stealer was Jonah Hill. Maybe it was the big white teeth he was sporting or maybe it was the clap-on, clap-off ethical lens he applied. As DiCaprio’s henchman he walks the line between being college dork and corporate hammer with delivery that, in spots, overshadows DiCaprio. The on-screen dynamics between Hill and DiCaprio work exceptionally well, almost to the detriment of the other characters.

While the film is a very entertaining 3-hour ride from start to finish, there are some heavy questions raised. We see the propensity of the investing public to fall victim to these so-called experts dealing in crap. We already know the inevitable meltdown resulting from of this kind of greed and obfuscation.

But, have we learned enough not to reenact history?

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s