Wow........this is a bad movie. Just dismal. This is a movie made for stupid people. There are so many holes in the plot....so many dumb things done by allegedly smart people and with a final 15 minutes as absurd as I've ever seen. I have no idea what so many talented people saw in this script. More stunning is that this was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who is normally good for a solid effort at minimum. A total waste of talent....and time. Avoid this if you can.
I'm obviously not the demographic for this film, but I enjoy Disney animated films as much as anyone....and I just know what all the hoopla and fuss was about this film. CLEARLY it's intended for young girls, but the great Disney films have always been able to reach those of ANY age. Certainly a fantastic film for young kids, especially girls, but as an adult, I just didn't think much of it. It is stunning to look at, as the ani mation is gorgeous. Other than that though, didn't do much else for me.
While Scorsese still needs an editor at some point, this is one of his better recent pictures. The tale of a young stock broker making money hand over fist illegally is fun, dark, and always interesting. I'll be the first to admit I'm not the biggest fan of DiCaprio, but this is far and away the best performance he's ever given in anything he's been in. He's the whole show here, and he delivers big time. DiCaprio is dynamic in the lead role, and everyone else pales in comparison to him. Jordan Belfort clearly had a good time during these years of his life, and DiCaprio had a damn good time in this role. It's a long film, but it's undoubtedly worth it.
It's one of the more original films I've seen in years. It's criminal that Joaquin Phoenix wasn't nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal as a lonely, divorced man in L.A. who is just looking for someone to love. Every bit of emotion Phoenix has you can see in his facial expressions and body language. It's a very touching performance in what turns out to be a quietly dazzling film. This could have been very odd if in the wrong hands, but Spike Jonze's script and direction keep it from veering down a bad path. It's emotional....funny.....dark....a little twisted....but altogether a fantastic film. A great commentary on human relationships and where technology is taking us and our response to it. A true winner.
Stallone and DeNiro give it all they have, but this is really a pretty forgettable film. You'll get some laughs from Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart, but there isn't really anything original or new to see here. Cast gives it all they have, but even their personalities can't bring this past mediocre at best.