It is almost unbelievable the successful trajectory of Jonah Hill, the former Superbad type movies actor. With the role of “Donnie Azoff” in this last Martin Scorsese superproduction, The Wolf of Wall Street. Actually it is normal, counting that he has been good all along, despite that the “superproducers” discovered him just in the last three years. It is a casting matter, they do with acting like the other industries do when outsourcing services in Asia or somewhere else. Starting every year with “fresh” faces is only a matter of saving celebrities fees.
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I do not like to spoil the subject when I make a movie review, but I’m gonna say about The Wolf of Wall Street that it is spectacularly made, and the only Oscar material in all the other nominees! I’m speaking from the position of not being able to watch Nebraska and Philomena yet. I can subjectively say that I couldn’t stand 12 Years a Slave, it was too negative for my taste, too exaggerate (The Wolf of Wall Street is an exaggerating version of life too) and not only. But who am I to say anything, I’m not an Academy member, I don’t vote and I am subjective.
The movie has a magnificent distribution, the tested, the “hot” and the “new” blended as never, in a fabulous production directed by Martin Scorsese and adapted to screen by Terence Winter. Leonardo DiCaprio as “Jordan Belfort”, Jonah Hill as “Donnie Azoff”, Margot Robbie as “Naomi Lapaglia”, Matthew McConaughey as “Mark Hanna”, Kyle Chandler as “Agent Patrick Denham”, Rob Reiner as “Max Belfort”, Jon Bernthal as “Brad”, Jon Favreau as “Manny Riskin”, Jean Dujardin as “Jean Jacques Saurel”, Joanna Lumley as “Aunt Emma”, Cristin Milioti as “Teresa Petrillo”, Christine Ebersole as “Leah Belfort” and many, many more… You will be impressed by a lot of known people you never got their names but they are present everywhere, and you will be smashed by a lot of gratuitously nudity spread all over the movie, in many scenes, more or less official. It is not an “artie” movie, it is not sensitive.
You have above the real Jordan Belfort, a guy with no complexes, over represented by Leo here. I have started to read the book as well and I’m not that impressed, because you see, there’s no point in it. It is adventurous, it is amazing to have had all the opportunities this guy has had, but it is negative.
I can say that not only Belfort is negative, the whole movie is negative. They don’t explain much in it, so it’s hard to believe everything has happened. Of course it hasn’t, and a lot of stuff has been created just to add glamour to the show. This is not Aviator. This is the story of a smart guy who didn’t know what to do with his talent and now is a self help “speaker” and “guru”. Of course he can have more credibility than the likes of Brian Tracy because he already had once the money Brian Tracy just dreams of.
The trailer is self explanatory. Leo is close to an Oscar, but he won’t have it, because the freaky roles have been played this year with great gusto by Matthew McConaughey who lost considerable weight (you can see him as a special guest star in this movie as well, with that strange look from Dallas Buyers Club) and Christian Bale, who gained too much of it. The Scorpio one from these two, is Number One challenger, but I think that Bale has a better lobby.
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