The Wolf of Wall Street (18)

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Reviewer Melmoth
30/01/2014
5 star entertainment. A bacchanalian journey into the heart of the greed and excess that drives the world banking system. Scorsese has been criticised for making a movie without a moral - not true. The emptiness of such greed is there for all to see - and doesn't need to be signposted. But, boy, is there great fun to be had along the way. And the fact that (in criminal justice terms) they all get off with a slap on the wrist is only being 100% accurate. Mention must go to Matthew McConaughey, who in a jaw-dropping cameo at the beginning of the movie, sets the tone of the whole piece. Unmissable.
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Reviewer Melmoth
26/01/2014
5 star entertainment. A bacchanalian journey into the heart of the greed and excess that drive the financial markets of modern capitalism. Scorsese has been criticised for making a movie with no moral message. Not true. The emptiness and destructiveness of life in the fast lane is obvious and doesn't have to be signposted by the director. But life in the fast lane is also attractive - and Scorsese never shies from showing what fun they had living it up on other people's money. But the devout Catholic upbringing of Scorsese is there in this movie, especially in the closing few minutes - his artistry is in his subtlety and deftness of touch. Mention must go to Matthew McConaughey - he has a fairly small cameo role at the beginning but his performance is stunning and sets the tone of the whole piece. Unmissable.
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