Great story of infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort who went from a… MoreGreat story of infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort who went from a modest, young wannabe on the Wall Street scene to a millionaire and legend in the sales world. Leonardo DiCaprio gives a brilliant, full throttle performance as Belfort as we see him make his way quickly up the ladder as he starts his own company, taking on Jonah Hill among others along the way and soon he has people queueing up to work for him and more money than he can handle. Well, he does handle it. On drugs, booze, women and other luxuries. But Belfort isn't bothered about how he gets the money and his dodgy dealings are destined to land him in serious trouble eventually.
The Goodfellas comparisons you may have heard about do ring true but personally I dont see this as a bad thing as I love Goodfellas and its a Scorsese film to so it's not like someone else is ripping him off!
So yes, Wolf of Wall Street is basically Goodfellas with stockbrokers instead of gangsters but it's fun, funny, entertaining and engaging with great performances, not just from DiCaprio but from Jonah Hill and stunning Margot Robbie as Belfort's second wife, Naomi. At three hours it might be testing for some but it pretty much flies by and is another triumph for Martin Scorcese.
Emotional thriller based on a true story. Set in the 1800's, a young… MoreEmotional thriller based on a true story. Set in the 1800's, a young man named Solomon is tricked into slavery and taken to New Orleans to work picking cotton and building huts, being forced to leave behind his family in New York. He is treated poorly throughout his ordeal, taking whippings and being fed on as little as possible. But Solomon never gives up hope, trying to help those around him. In particular fellow slave, Patsey.
Chiwetel Ejiofor gives a stunning performance as Solomon Northrup and deserves all the acclaim and awards coming his way. To tap into the emotion Northrup must have been feeling cant have been easy but you really feel his suffering at times. Michael Fassbender also as evil plantation owner Edwin Epps is on fiery form, you really do hate him in this. Lupita Nyong as Patsey, Epps' "favourite" slave is brilliant, surely a difficult role to play and its not always easy to watch but she is also captivating.
Overall, 12 Years a Slave is something of a classic. It's not always easy to watch, but that's not the point, it's about one man's story of pain, suffering, hope and love, it's a great, emotional and powerful story and one thats told brilliantly.
Ok, firstly I'd like to point out that I am attempting to review this… MoreOk, firstly I'd like to point out that I am attempting to review this film as a whole and not just for the visual aspect, which, as everybody knows, or has heard by now, is pretty fucking stunning. What also appealed, probably the most, to me was the feeling of loneliness and emptiness in space and directer Alfonso Cuaron did a great job in getting that across. But that aside, I found it quite hard to care about the characters. Sure George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are likeable enough and Bullock puts in a great performance as one of the astronauts on her first trip into space but I just found it hard to connect with it and there was a slight air of predictability for me. I know everybody and their mum is bumming this film right now(some because they feel they should, I expect) but for me Gravity is just a visually stunning film with a good atmosphere that's sometimes exciting, that's about it.