I read a good review on this that said Scorsese shows how consequences and morality are no longer even factors in Modern Wall Street, compared with the repercussions faced by Gordon Gecko in 'Wall Street' (1987). That seems right - but if that's the point then I've already had enough. Maybe we'll look back on this fondly in years to come as a comedy - but not yet.
Although not my favourite actor, this Leonardo DiCaprio got something. I don't know what it is, but he got somethin'. He is a class on his own. He is the one keeping the pot boil. "The Wolf" is showing a great actor together with great director. Marvellous.
Awash in excess and frivolity both in plot and structure. The character portrait is at times ludicrous and over the top, but nonetheless is often entertaining and even witty in a coarse manner. Late Scorsese though is stuck in conventions from his past as an old master unable to innovate. This is not bad, but the edge once core to his films now feels safe and expected instead of original.
Sadly I came into it ready to love it but left kind of hating it. Thought it was excessive as heck and just couldn't get into it felt more like a teen party film than a successful criminal film and i understand that it was an important factor in his life but I also believe they could've just done it better.
Hey, Remember The 90s? When full-frontal was far-out? When the lighting was uniform and the laughs were loud and hearty? When Goodfellas was a smash and we were oblivious to the dangers of excess, even moreso than we are today? You know you miss it you faggot.
It's hilarious - I'm not going to try and deny that. And it's certainly a great ride. But it's MUCH TOO LONG. Sort of like it's been expanded with constant vacuous and shallow shots of banging and tits and drugs and sometimes it's like, wouldn't this have been more enjoyable if it had been a bit more short-lived and intense? (A bit less pre-Quaalude kick-in and more full coke style?)
Everybody wants to rule the world in Wall Street. What we see is one caught man that lived his life thinking through cocaine, booze and Quaaludes - it's the heavyweight championship that Scarface couldn't get in. This is about addiction - and Scorsese who overtook a cocaine's problem in the 80' knows all about it. We feel disgusted and encourage but not enlightened because there's no moral anchors in this picture.