the wolf of wall street

23 January 2014

To me, there's always something a little exciting about going to the cinema in the lead up to the Oscars. I know that the Oscars aren't the be all and end of all of the film industry, but I do like that the hype around it encourages people to go and see movies that they may not necessarily go to normally.

The cinema was completely packed the night we went to see The Wolf of Wall Street, which I personally love and much prefer to an empty audience. The atmosphere is different, everyone is somehow more involved in the whole experience, and we all laugh out loud and at the end of this showing at least, there was even a round of applause.

One thing to bear in mind before you go and see this: don't be offended, take it with a pinch (or a handful) of salt, and reconcile with the fact that it's really not a cautionary tale, or something that leaves you with "and the moral of the story is…" - it will, however, leave you feeling dizzy and on a high, by default. And happy (with a little bit of dirty).

The thing to focus on here is not how accurate the plot is to the life of the real Jordan Belfort, or the apparent tactlessness with which some lines are created (I say apparent, because as an adult with a brain it doesn't take much to know when to forgive a tasteless joke), or how the antihero is glamourised beyond moral comprehension. It's cinema. It's Scorsese taking risks and being outrageous, in a so-bad-it's-good kind of way. It's the acting, the larger than life di Caprio drawing us into a person and a life that we're in equal parts disgusted and fascinated by. 

Nothing in life can be loved by everyone, but this was definitely loved by me.


  1. I have never had a round of applause after finishing
    a movie in the cinema before! That's pretty cool that
    you have witnessed it. I still need to watch 'The
    Wolf of Wall Street' and I reaaaally hope Dicaprio
    finally gets his Oscar because he's one of my
    favorite actors and he deserves it. Xx

  2. I'm in two minds about this film. I love Leonardo DiCaprio so much as an actor, but I can't help but think the storyline may irritate me. I suppose the way forward is to do what you say, and take it with a pinch of salt!

    B xx

  3. Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed the film! I thought it was sinfully fantastical :)

  4. I wasn't sure about going to see this one but you've tempted me! x

  5. We're going to see this at the weekend. Even more excited after reading your review!

  6. I've wanted to see this! Heard so many good things about it and it got lots of exposure during the golden globes.

  7. we just went to see it this evening, it was SO good! i really loved it! Scorcese and di Caprio are such a good partnership! i did feel like I needed a lie down after it though, phew!

  8. Argh, on the one hand I really want to see this.

    On the other I know it's excess and lack of morals will drive me insane by he end of it.

    But then again it does have Dicaprio.....

  9. I REALLY want to see this, I'll have to take Ilhan this weekend. I also love a full's so exciting and I really like the buzz and the feeling of unity that you mentioned. Also I agree about the Oscars...they always make me wish I was more into movies and they really motivate you to get out and watch some!


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