I don't know if you can get both the limping Bond villain with tight leather and a family drama dealing with a homeless assassin in an undercover cop film that never focuses on those elements but the film is just one climax after the other with wonderful action sequences that are always topping the one before. Evans is completely self aware of what he is doing and the "cool" factor to it but it has not worn thin yet.
The film is sloppy and never quite feels like it is together with some scenes jumping at what seems its climax or even plots that begin to go somewhere but never do but it is this incompleteness that abruptly ends the film leaving a miserable outcome to the characters and humanizing Jefferson to the point where the Nick Nolte casting works.
"The Needle In The Hay" / "I'm going to kill myself tomorrow" scene may be Anderson's best.
Between Luke Wilson taking off the layers he has hid behind, the choice of music, and the Graduate inspired quick cut flashbacks of his life and loved ones, Anderson creates the most tragically heartbreaking moment in his canon.
I still do not understand how people can think "Wolf of Wall Street" is celebrating the culture. If anything this film is an attack at the audience to finally get angry as Jordan Belfort rubs in our face his minimal prison time or begins to explain an IPO only to say we probably wont understand anyway so lets get back to the money.
A second viewing did turn me though to understand why Jordan can be mistook as the hero…