The Wolf Of Wall Street

So, another movie I saw recently with Brent, was The Wolf Of Wall street.

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The movie is a really good telling of the events surrounding the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort. A notorious stock broker, whom stole millions from unsuspecting clients, using high pressure sales tactics, and misinformation about the stocks in the market. It tells the story from the point of view of Belfort, as it is based on his book that he wrote in prison, under the insistence of Tommy Chong. Whom also stayed in the same prison as Belfort.

Scorsese definitely hit it out of the park with this movie, and having Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort was a bang on match. In terms of a movie, it is a really great movie, worth a watch. The acting is superb, nothing felt wooden, or forced. All the actors, including Jonah Hill were awesome in this movie. It has some cool moments, but also has a lot of humor relating to the follies of Belfort and his compatriots in his schemes.

There is however a growing concern that did pop up during its marketing campaign. One of the victims of the scams involved, was the daughter of one of Belfort’s fellow brokers, Christina McDowell. Her father isn’t even referenced in the movie, but she did bring up a compelling argument when she wrote a letter into LA Weekly last month. I’ll link her letter here.

She discussed the downsides to the scams that Belfort ran, with her father. As a result, it ruined her family, along with many others. While I like this movie, and think it’s an amazing account of Belfort’s rise and fall, it does suffer from the fact its told from the Wolf himself. So yes, the movie does glorify the events, but does show some of the downfalls.

Unfortunately it didn’t show all of them. The movie is already pushing 3 hours long, and to show the rest of the downfalls would’ve made the movie longer and possibly bloated. I’d be curious to see a documentary recounting all of the story, and not just Belfort’s point of view. If you’re interested in seeing the movie, I’d definitely recommend it. Although I’d also give Christina’s letter a read.

I’d say give it a rent when you’re able to, or see it on a Tuesday night matinée, as I always recommend. Just because the cost of movies is so high these days.

The World’s End

So recently, I managed to see The World’s End with family.

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The movie is pretty good, while I wasn’t laughing as much as I did during Anchorman 2, I did have a few moments in this one. It got better as the movie went on though. At first I thought it was just about a group of guys reliving the old days and performing the golden mile of drinking. Something they never really finished. Then we got Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s twist storyline involving an invasion that has almost completely taken over their home town.

Although despite its decent humor and good story, it has some issues. The movie suffers from a lack of depth in the story to make it more interesting. The other part it lacks is the subtle humor. Granted Shaun Of The Dead was a similar formula, but it worked. This one, the jokes feel like a rehash of the other two movies in this supposed “Trilogy” of films involving some sort of post apocalyptic theme.

Some of the humor is kind of lost, because its dated. We’ve seen it countless times over and it isn’t done in a way that makes it work. Some of the jokes work fine, but after a few minutes, I was getting bored with the humor. The only thing that brought my interest back was the invasion subplot to the movie. Granted it was kind of like a zombie/stepford invasion, but it dealt with aliens and them influencing technology to take over the world. Most of it so far sounded good.

Where things take a dive is in the ending, where Simon Pegg manages to finish the golden mile. The ship the aliens came down in, is where all the replicants are held, and where the real people are recycled. After all is said and done, we’re left with this post-apocalyptic waste land, as apparently the alien ship was powering everything in the world. Then in the new world, Simon Pegg’s character is a bounty hunter who hunts with some of the replicants which mysteriously came back online after their creator’s ship left.

I’d say, if you’re really into Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s comedies, give it a rent. Otherwise you can pass on it.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Sorry this took so long, but I’ve been just been in a writing slump. Although I have seen a couple of good movies in that time. This is one of them.

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So, Brent and I went and seen Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues a while back. All I can say in a short note is that is a nice refreshing sense of humor. The thing I like about these movies, is that Will Ferrell takes his time and writes a brilliant story with fleshed out satirical characters. They represent a side of news anchors that we rarely see, unless you work at a TV station, then you’d know. In this case, Anchorman 2 takes what was great about the last movie, and while we do get a small parallel of the basic arc of Ron Burgundy from the last movie.

This one brings really good humor that brings subtlety back. While also giving us an interesting look at how News changed from being the boring, factual news that we needed to the sensationalized news about what those that watch the news want to see. It also gives a nice parallel to CNN in the regards of the movie bringing up a 24 hour news channel. Which in the time the movie takes place, didn’t exist yet.

The humor in the movie, being at the core of what the movie is, is spot on. We have excellent delivery and well thought out material that is genuinely funny. While also giving us Ferrell’s usual flair for the absolutely insane. Especially in the battle scene, which yes they brought back from the previous movie. Although this time, we have more news anchors that are national level.

I enjoyed the huge cameos in this scene. Liam Neeson as the History network host, Will Smith as the ESPN news anchor, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as the Entertainment News Anchors, Jim Carrey as the Canadian news Anchor, Kirsten Dunst as this goddess that kind of sanctions the fight and then Harrison Ford as the retiring anchor who decides to come out during an odd Full Moon (during the day), to turn into a werewolf. Then there’s John C. Reilly, fighting with the History network crew as the ghost of Stonewall Jackson.

I’m not kidding, that’s in there, haha. The only cameo that I didn’t find as funny was Kanye West as the MTV host. As they could’ve brought someone in that was known for being on MTV at that time, and it would’ve been funnier. There is also another cameo in this scene, but its kind of a key plot point, so I won’t mention who it is. We do have the return of previous cast members from the first movie, like Christina Applegate, as Ron’s wife, along with Ron’s news team. I didn’t know how Steve Carell could’ve topped his character Brick in the last movie, but he did. I just about died laughing in some of the sequences with him.

The plot of the movie is pretty well thought out, even though it does use a couple of the points from the previous movie. It just uses them in a much better way, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously, especially with some of the odd sequences that normally you wouldn’t see in real life. I consider it one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time. I highly recommend people see it. It’s just that funny.