An entertaining look at the depraved behaviour of 90's stock swindler Jordan Belfort and his band of cohorts from the time he utterly abandoned his morals in the name of the American Dream to the collapse of his empire and imprisonment.
Matthew McConaughey is a seriously emaciated Wall Street player sporting a brown Norman Bates mother wig, who gives Belfort a crash course in stock trading in an upscale restaurant while snorting coke off a sideplate.
Jonah Hill is effective as Belforts overweight sidekick who's suitable lack oof morality becomes apparent at the outset when he tells Belfort the reasons that he married his own cousin.
Jon Bernthal is hilarious as the drug dealer Brad, who manages to get himself arrested after attracting the attention of drive by police officers while carrying a suitcase of cash, in a classic argument scene with Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill).
This tale of excess, Roman style debauchery, outrageous behaviour and charlatanism might be offensive at times, however it is compelling because it is 100% true.
In the end, the whole definitely compensates for the crudity of the parts.
Probably the most faithful cinematic rendering of the Bram Stoker novel you could ever hope to see - it would without doubt be approved by the author were he alive. With all the skillful deliverance of the concept, the legend (given impetus by a prologue that references actual European imperialist history) and the story, the movie doesn't flow as well as an entertainment piece. In its stylishness however, it is several notches above the plethora of heavy handed gore fests and teen cult productions and their associated sub-junk send-ups that inundate contemporary cinema.
Absolutely terrific portrayal of the machinations behind the making of Mary Poppins. It shows how selling the book rights to Mary Poppins was not just a financial deal, rather an invasion of privacy of the authors personal life journey committed to a childrens story - a story that was written as a tonic soften the pain of the authors emotional childhood baggage. Tom Hanks portrays Disney superbly and reveals some of the reasons behind his drive.
Completely over the top - I switched off after 45 minutes. There are some funny scenes, such as the macho exchanges between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his father (played by Tony Danza), however Scarlett Johansson is excruciating, as is Tony Danza (for the most part). Julianne Moore is just plain unnecessary.