The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street ★★★★½

I'll keep it brief, since everyone and their aunt has seen this already. My apologies to your aunt. Unless she's down like that. Then, good for her.

Sensationally depraved. It's like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride with hookers & cocaine, and Mr. Toad is making it rain the entire time. Scorsese's 3-hour romp never wears out its welcome, in spite of its bloated running time. Leonardo DiCaprio goes for absolute broke with this role, and the end result is a stunning example of an actor, at the peak of his abilities, completely embodying his character. This ranks among the best performances of his already overly-impressive career. And I never thought we'd have to utter this phrase, but if the Oscars are genuinely merit-based, "two-time Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill" will be a reality in the coming weeks. One thing is for certain, only Martin Scorsese could have made this film. And thank whatever silly god you pray to that he did. We, lovers of cinema, are all the better for it.

[Added to #4 of my Best films of 2013 list.

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