just watched wolf of wall street. what a slog. way too long and self indulgent much like the characters he was portraying. no wonder his editor didnt get an academy award nomination. some nice performances but i couldnt wait for it to be over.
I agree. And while this isn't anything against Scorsese (he can make whatever films he wants,) I had the sense that this was going to be some sort of take down of Wall St. Except these guys were just run of the mill two bit NY criminal types (complete with Bay Ridge girl friend and everything!) Clearly what they were doing was illegal, and Belfort went to jail for it, but it didn't have anything to do with the problems that led to the financial meltdown. This is a total footnote to all of that. So, for me at least, that made it even less interesting. It's like making a movie about the 1927 baseball season and focusing entirely on the Red Sox.
my friend who i watched it with was hoping it was going to make a larger critique of financial sector shenanigans too. i was just expecting a condemnation of the morals and lifestyle (undercut by the garish portrayal) which is what we got in spades.
i still cant believe how unnecessarily long it was. it felt like he fell in love with these scenes and couldnt bear to chop them down and theres noone who could or would advise him otherwise.