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While The Wolf of Wall Street is certainly stylishly shot and perfectly cast, there's a lot about it that bothers me. My main grit with this movie is that it's narrative is shallow and thin. There's not much going on in this movie but an abundance of excess and debauchery in an endless string of not very interconnected scenes. It's certainly fun to watch but it's like a very short song on endless repeat.
Safety not guaranteed is a rom-com and sometimes it's predictable, yes. I still loved it. Why? Because the characters are portrayed so well and so sincere, especially Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass (while Jake Johnson gets an honorable mention here). And even in the moments of predictability the story is so heartfelt and charming, that you probably can't go about not liking this film.
Another Coen Brothers masterpiece, I'd say, that was tragically passed over at the Academy Awards. It was abundantly clear that the movie will not win anything because it's much less No Country for Old Men and much more A Serious Man, which means it's probably not as easily accessible.
Writing and cinematography are perfect as always and I loved the colorgrading. But what stood out the most was Oscar Isaac's haunting performances. Well, and the cat. Let's not forget the cat.