Leonardo DiCaprio: ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Is a Punk Rock Film About The Darker Nature of Humans

The Wolf of Wall Street

Oscar-nominated actor defends Scorsese's new drama in Q&A with Variety

Leonardo DiCaprio, star and a producer of “Wolf of Wall Street” talked with Variety‘s Tim Gray about audience reaction, why he’s proud of the film and what he learned from Martin Scorsese.

What drew me to the project:

The severe honesty in which Jordan Belfort portrayed a hedonistic time in his life on Wall Street. It’s rare when someone is unafraid to divulge how dark they went. With all these people on Wall Street who’ve screwed over so many people since 2008, I became obsessed with playing a character who made me understand the mentality and nature of the seduction of Wall Street and greed. I appreciated his honesty.

The audience reaction:

This film may be misunderstood by some; I hope people understand we’re not condoning this behavior, that we’re indicting it. The book was a cautionary tale and if you sit through the end of the film, you’ll realize what we’re saying about these people and this world, because it’s an intoxicating one. I think it’s amazing somebody like Martin Scorsese is still making films that are vital and talked about, and have an element of controversy about them and are appealing to people of my generation. We grew up watching his films and he’s still making stuff that’s punk rock. It’s an amazing achievement.

The thing I learned about Wall Street:

It’s a world that still puzzles me. I’m fascinated and repulsed by it. (Jordan Belfort) wasn’t responsible for bankrupting our country, but he represented something in our culture and represented the attitude of these guys. When you’re put into that world, your main motivation is answering to your boss about what you’ve earned. That mentality is very destructive. With Jordan in this film, he created a feeding frenzy for people like that and he became a cult leader. Everybody on Wall Street is not like this. While doing research I learned there are plenty of people on Wall Street who are very responsible and trying to give back.

The day I laughed the hardest:

When we were doing Quaalude sequence, Marty, Jonah and I kept upping the ante to (make it) the most insane existential section of the film (laughs). We were laughing hysterically because we couldn’t believe we were doing a sequence like this in a major motion picture. Jonah said “Can you believe we’re doing what we’re doing?” Margot Robbie said something similar to me. It was painful on a physical level, but it was hilarious.

The hardest scene to film:

There were these two profound speeches at the heart of the film, the second of which gets you to understand how intoxicated Jordan was by the power of what he was doing. By the time I got up there, I understood what Jordan must have felt like, this cult-like messiah who was giving a twisted version of the truth but that became the “truth.” He must have felt like a rock star. (The speeches) are a twisted version of “Braveheart” war cries for freedom. But in this case it was to manipulate and screw over as many people as they could.

During filming, how I kept up energy:

It was the fever and excitement of doing a movie that got to break rules. Marty wanted the characterization of these people to become the plot. That infused the actors with an energy that anything was possible, that we could take a scene anywhere. It becomes closer to life. We got to improvise for a day, and Marty and Thelma (Schoonmaker, the film’s editor) would take that and sometimes and polish it to one line. That takes a director who understands that a movie is a discovery process. It’s what the actors give to you, and giving the actors the opportunity to create this. Marty filled us all with an excitement to be there. It was such a frenetic film endeavor. It was a giant adrenaline dump when I finished with it. It’s been almost a year and I am just trying to get myself back in the saddle again.

The thing I’m proudest of:

That we got to make the film we wanted to make. Throughout the process, we reminded each other why we were doing this movie and to not take a traditional approach to our characterization of Jordan. We consciously didn’t want to show the wake of their destruction. Didn’t want to see the people affected by that. The best movies are the ones where you’re a voyeur and you’re able to submerge yourself into the mentality of the characters. In order to do that, we wanted this to be a drug-infused, hypnotic quest for greed and indulgence so we could better understand the nature of who these people are.

Passion projects:

There are two films I’ve been passionate about making, this and “The Aviator.” To get to work with Marty at this point in his career and to make a movie that takes a lot of chances. People, no matter what their attitude is after seeing the film, should understand this is a film that’s outside the box and is very difficult to get done in this day and age; it almost never happens. That in its own right is commendable. I’m proud that films like this can still be somehow made; that’s in huge part due to our financiers who said, “Look, we understand that studios are doing a certain type of film but we believe there is an audience for films that don’t fit the criteria for a blockbuster but deserve to get made.” Thank God there are people who have taste for experimental filmmaking at this level and who really want to endorse this type of film. Because if it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t see any types of film like this.

The best piece of direction Martin Scorsese gave me:

We were concerned whether people would go along on the journey of someone this hedonistic, self-consumed and debaucherous. He said “I’ve done many films like this and it’s important as a filmmaker to not pass judgment on who these people are. They represent something about the darker nature of human beings. You have to be authentic about the portrayal of who these people are. Don’t give them a false sense of empathy because you feel you have to. Portray them for who they are and audiences will go along with you.” That became my new mantra for filmmaking.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Did any of you get this upset over Catch Me If You Can? Or does it not matter as much if the con man’s victims are harder to trace?
    To the film buff who thinks DiCaprio should try Shakespeare…you’re a genius.
    Do you people just flip a coin when you pick a movie to watch? Those of you that have even seen this one I mean. Watch a preview, read a review. I haven’t seen it yet, but could have told you after the first preview I saw months ago, that there was going to be a lot of sex and drugs. Later articles mentioned it was cutting it close to getting an NC-17 rating. It’s admittedly loosely based off a book written by a guy who sold by any means necessary. I’ve seen nothing indicating the guy is portrayed as a hero and nothing saying you should watch it with your kids. It’s an unabashedly explicit movie directed by and starring several people with the credentials to back up their talent.

  2. Joe says:

    From my understanding this is more a porn film than anything and may actually benefit the person it is written about. I have no interest in either and am disappointed at the producer, director and actors to make such a sleeze film. Then we wonder why people are the way they are. Save your money and go see something half way decent.

    • OB says:

      Maybe you should see it before you talk about it? I don’t know. That’s just me. I try not to form opinions about things I can’t speak on from experience or an educated point of view.

      Your comment is like condemning the person who came up with the color red without having ever seen the color simply because others don’t like it. Ridiculous.

  3. Tigre57 says:

    Type casting. Hollywood Elites behaving like rich, spoiled Elites, what a stretch! Why do they portray it so well? Because it’s how THEY live.

  4. Collin says:

    The only controversy here is that I spent my hard earned cash to watch what amounted to an unrealistic college party film. I grew up in the drug addled 80’s and I had to explain to my teenage kids that Jordan Belfort is a chronic exaggerator at best and a delusional sociopath at worst. There should be no washing down 4 qualudes, Xanax, clonopin (include your downer here) with scotch and expecting to live. Con men are charming and believable when you talk to them. That’s what makes them con men.

    Django Unchained was outside the box experimental filmmaking. Shame was outside the box experimental filming.

    To my disappointment, The Wolf of Wall Street was Jordan Belfort boiler rooming a couple of legendary filmmakers. That is a shame.

  5. RP says:

    Great film. Leonardo DiCaprio was outstanding and the story was compelling. I don’t know why some people are getting upset over this movie. Movies are made about bad/antihero types every day.

  6. ibackAmerica says:

    Maybe someday someone w balls will do a film on the victims of Wall St. getting revenge. And justice.

    That would be out of the box.

    • becca helen says:

      “Maybe someday,” when the victims grow a pair, a producer will follow w/said based-on-a-true-story movie. This POS entity from hell, Jordan Belfort, is now a motivational speaker. Yeah, that’s what he is. Seriously, you can see his bullshi* website, with his smirking smile. JC on a bicycle, those gullible cretins who attend his bullshi* sessions don’t even realize they must bathe, and cleanse their spirits, after having been exposed to his toxic spew. I’d say a complete PUBLIC HUMILIATION IS IN ODER. Full disclaimer: I am not suggesting anyone actually do anything resembling that in any way, shape, or form, of course.

  7. Chuck says:

    I saw it and ever movie he has made . I hated this one as bad as great anything .the fucking was porn and too much bullshit.

  8. Chris Em says:

    Since then are films about storytelling?

  9. Michael Schreder says:

    Jordan Belfort and Steve Madden and a “bucket shop” on Long Island do not a Wall Street make, this is the fringe beyond the outlier beyond the norm, the classic “little” story blown up way past recognition and presented as “true that.” Poor Scorcese is trapped in his one-trick pony of Goodfellas and has never grown beyond his somewhat flabby 5th grade world view, while DeCaprio steps on his own dick – real Wall Street jargan – foolishly defending his participation and adulation. A real Wall Streeter would just take tthe money and move on, quietly. If learning about Wall Street is the goal, along with being entertained, I would suggest “Margin Call” which captures the mood, the vocabulary, the shallowness, and the danger of the games really smart people can play for really big money.

  10. Kummin says:

    What a load. From what I’ve read, this “film” is borderline pornographic. Guess they just HAD to show (explicitly) how hedonistic this guy was/is. Etc. Sad when talents like DeCaprio and Scorsese (who’s getting less talented all the time) think this “art” has to be done. Or at least, done in the way it is.

  11. Jean Poole says:

    ‘DiCaprio Defends ‘WOLF’…’ He would. UnHolyWood.

  12. Blauer Enzian says:

    DiCrapio said this film is an indictment of the hedonism on Wall St……..Ironic, since I can think of no more hedonistic bunch than those in the movie industry.

    • littlewitch says:

      This was a movie about vain rich idiots made by a bunch of admiring vain rich idiots. Leo Di Caprio is obviously a fan of Jason Belford he filmed a 30 second testinomial that you can see on youtube. If you wanted to show Belford and his crowd for the creeps they are, some inages of the victims and their story would have been included in the movie. I know those shmucks would have been such a buzz kill.

  13. JRCauldwell says:

    Dicaprio bores me to lethargy. I’d get more from just burning my money than watching him act.

  14. Mensa141 says:

    Movies like these don’t influence anyone exactly the same way that the billions in advertising that manufactures keep spending don’t influence people to buy their products. Utterly no connection at all with either idea influencing anyone.

    We have screwed our own children so very badly believing the lying premise that violent films do not influence people to be violent. That immoral films do not influence people to be immoral.

  15. ItzMikeOmg says:

    Come on people, this is a film to prepare you all for govt takeover.

  16. fred17 says:

    You nailed it.

  17. Julio Pezuka says:

    This movie was senseless. Unless it is priming the public for the govt. takeover of wall st. This is DiCaprios worst movie since the Great Gatsby. I think I am done with paying to see movies with him in them. The reviews that I saw were great, BS.

  18. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    “Leo is laughing all the way to the bank! First off his Howard Hughes roleplay was the worst possible idea in the History of BIOPics. Now “Wolf.. its a total stretch and his babyface again rings over the top, attempting to be comedic and over dramatic failure. Now Producing maybe he will start to understand that bankrolling a film with his own salery will bust any budget! Goodfellas on Wallstreet NOT! This is the worst idea for a Christmas release Film in the History of Motion Pictures.

  19. catie says:

    What drew him to the project. hmmm $$$$$$ Any other explanation is corrupt in itself

    • Sarah says:

      Yeah, I hear he’s really hurting and needed to make some quick cash. He’s a talented actor, Scorsese is a talented filmmaker, if you don’t like it don’t see it. Plenty of others do and will.

  20. jeremy says:

    Ok so Leo Dicaprio isnt a box office draw and Martin Scorsese can’t make movies. Is that the basic gist of these comments? Who are you people and what makes you think you know a thing about what constitutes quality filmmaking? I forgot was it you geniuses that made taxi driver, raging bull, goodfellas, casino, etc etc? Scorsese has been making masterpieces for 40 years so I don’t think he needs advise on filmmaking from home-makers and people who pump gas for a living. Just shut up. I’m so sick of puritanical philistines dismissing a film because its offensive. Some moron actually suggested going to see Walter Mitty instead! Right cause that hack Scorsese has nothing on Ben Stiller as a director. God help me.

    • littlewitch says:

      I think most serious filmmakers hope to communicate with the audience. It is a great risk and expense to make a movie but just as the filmmakers have artistic freedom so does the audience have a right to respond. One does not have to have directed a movie to have a sense of art and an ability to analyse it. Martin Scorcese is not God , he is a big boy who has enjoyed a good relationship with his audience for 40 years, he gets it…you obviously do not.

    • Jean Poole says:

      Kabuki theater.

    • Julio Pezuka says:

      Jeremy says: ” Who are you people and what makes you think you know a thing about what constitutes quality filmmaking?”
      I says: “We are the people who spend money to see these movies. It is a shame that we are not as enlightened as you. Maybe someday when we have dementia we will see what you see in this film”.

      • jeremy says:

        Maybe if you learned the difference between past and present tenses you could have seen what I saw in the film. Thank you for proving my point.

    • J.E. Vizzusi says:

      “You want Dramatic Acting, Bruce Dern – “Nebraska”

  21. gabby says:

    Scorsese is a dirty old man. Won’t be going to this movie.

  22. let’s stop being so petty about this movie. first, I haven’t seen it. but doesn’t Hollywood have a tendency to glorify bad behavior? gangster movies in the 30s and 40s did that. the godfather did that. IT’S A MOVIE. you’re supposed to SUSPEND REALITY and enjoy it.

  23. How much is that self-righteous blowhard donating to charity from what he was paid for this work of fiction?

  24. PC says:

    Great movie that left me thinking about it days after seeing it. This is very rare nowadays. Leo is one of the best of all time.

    • erussell says:

      Waste your time by watching “The Beach” and try making that statement. A pretty face; nothing more.

    • ImaHippyBurning says:

      I have a very tough time taking “Life’s Lessons” from the hypocrites inside the plastic bubble known as Hollywood! Maybe if he gave away every penny he made from exploiting the Capitalistic system would I find him to be worthy, otherwise just another deceiving actor blaming others for the corruption in society all the while running to the bank with oodles of money from his ignorant fans!

  25. Marbran says:

    Leo thinks its just amazing that directors like Marty are making such vital movies.

    Really? This movie will tank, DiCaprio will walk away unscathed, he’ll continue to be a diva at Marty’s parties, and hopefully both will quietly go away.

  26. I would be curious as to how much money Leonardo DiCaprio has in his bank account. What a hypocrite. What makes these narcissistic aholes in Hollywood think because they are good actors and have a lot of money, that they are experts on everything.

    • Sarah says:

      I think he’s an expert on movie-making because he’s been in the industry since he was a kid. Where did he talk about anything but film-making? What does his bank account have to do with anything? How much is in your account and what’s your annual charitable contributions? (Hint: I don’t care, the answer makes you no more or less qualified to talk about anything.) He makes what he earns, what he earns is dictated by demand for his product and his/his agent’s ability to negotiate salary. Same as everyone else. Don’t be a whiny baby just because you wish you had his particular skill set.

  27. WallSkeet says:

    Leonardo DiCandelabra

  28. Rick erwin says:

    I paid good money to watch this junk. Poorly done. Seemed like several first takes were acceptable. Amateurish. But I have worked in sales and sadly much of what was portrayed happens. Please don’t waste your money on this “film”. I recommend the secret life of Walter Mitty. There is a picture show. Made my laugh out loud, cry and smile!

    • R Williams says:

      Or stop going to the theaters, I mean it’s not a big loss to watch it when it comes out on home media.

    • B.McLane says:

      Could not agree more. Its odd both pictures DiCaprio says he was highly invested in to do, have done poorly in opening sales. Opening in 5th place after all the hype Wolf has gotten is not good. Geez Anchorman 2 beat this film! I agree there is a market for out of the box films they just need to not star Dicaprio. His smug attitude and hypocritical lifestyle have made him box office poison in a lead role. I remember him as a great potential in his early films but I don’t see that in him anymore.

  29. Tomas Stewart says:

    Leo … In reality there is nothing that is ‘outside the box’ about a movie which portrays the sleazy crookedness of Jordan Belfort. He was nothing more than a glorified thief then, and because he still hasn’t made full restitution, as required by the Judicial sentence he received, he remains a thief and a crook. While you like to think “Wolf,,,” is something special, it really is no different than thousands of stories of criminals which have been written before, nor the many hundreds of movies made from some of those stories portraying similar criminality.

    • Aaron Freed says:

      I would agree that ponzi schemes and pump & dumps are the bread and butter of the crooked types in the business world. I am sure the movie industry has some version of pump & dump in the way it makes movies. There are so many of these crooks out there. You might already be “invested” in one. They come in all sizes, shapes, and flavors. They lack empathy, they’re controlling, narcicistic, selfish, and greedy people. They want to take your money and put in your pocket, and they will deceive you in any which way possible.

  30. Dan Johnson says:

    I enjoyed the movie. That being said it was too long. Typical of what happens when you have a celebrity director (who is amazing by the way) has final cut and can’t leave anything on the floor. The debauchery was well established so could have easily cut 30-45 min from movie and the storyline would have been much tighter. I found it to be great adult escapism and so well directed and acted you have to respect the effort. I am basically the same age as Jordan Belfort so the film is great nostalgia visually. We live in such different times with the populist movement and attack on capitalism. If you read history there has always been excess on Wall Street but that being said it is Wall Street that consolidated capital to build America and fuel the technological advances that have improved the lives of countless millions. I would take 100 Jordan Belfort’s in the system as opposed to the progressive movement of collectivism that treats capital as a finite commodity.

  31. annoyed says:

    “i’m going to fly around the world and inform people about global warming.” Leonardo dicaprio

    • Ben Dover says:

      I saw Leo & Marty do a man-boy lovefest interview w Rose. They were so bored it almost made me cry. Leo worships the ground Marty knucklewalks on, insisting this was an indie film! Glad I won’t see it tho I like Leo, esp in his FBI flick. Maybe someday someone w balls will do a film on the victims of Wall St. getting revenge. And justice. That would be out of the box.

  32. annoyed says:

    please go away leonardo…please.. and take your condescending pretend intelligence with you

  33. Usagi says:

    That’s the point of the movie, you’re suppose to hate the main characters and feel disgusted.
    Do you know how many articles were written about Wolf of Wall Street’s rating. It was NC-17 in the beginning, but after a few cuts and editing they were able to make it rated R. If people would actually researched before going to watch a movie then we wouldn’t have people complaining.
    “It’s too long. There’s too many drugs. Too much sex. Blah blah blah.”
    Instead of getting mad at an actor who’s just doing his job, get mad at the people who are doing the exact same thing Jordan did right now.

    • B.McLane says:

      People can differentiate between the real character and the actor. How condescending is that? Jerod Leto is not really a transgender with Aids. To say people need to “research” a film before they go see it is silly. If you gotta do that then the Director did not do a very good job telling the story.

  34. Pro_bono_publico says:

    “Taking chances” would be DiCaprio trying to do Shakespeare. (Talk about long odds of success.) Having a candle shoved up your keister during a sex scene, like so much of this movie, is gratuitous and just gross. Even an airhead like DiCaprio should know better than making a film like this. I have no idea what Scorsese was thinking about.

  35. Mattt Damon says:

    In the words of the puppet in “Team America – World Poice”:
    ” Matt Damon ! “

  36. Tea Partier Party On says:

    Lighten up in here. It’s just a movie. Obviously Wall Street criminals are scum and deserve to live in jail, but so many haters of this film are projecting their own class envy at a fr1gg1ng MOVIE about someone who earned wealth through devious means?!! Then guess what: if it bothers you so much to make you whine like a little fairy about it, then don’t go see it! Do you all whine about other movies like this? For example the ones where the actor takes on the role of a serial killer for example? Does that bother you because of the reprehensible amorality of their crime? Of course it never did.

  37. DL says:

    I don’t give a shite what Di Caprio says with his privileged and excessive life style or his hypocritical BS. Jordon Belfort was a fucking low life criminal that stole from working class people. If Di Caprio had any decency he would call him out for what he and his cohorts are; parasites on society. And he should call for their imprisonment. They ruined millions of lives, but he doesn’t because he enjoys spending their money as they fund his films and they make him and his rich buddies a ton of cash in investments.

  38. Liz says:

    Not only is it PORN-ish, degrading and what I call “R-X,” it’s long and boring, glamourizes decadence and cheaters, liars, and perverts – half of the movie sucks (literally) and half of it is great — too bad they couldn’t figure out what to keep and what to drop on the floor. It had potential. It’s not worth 3 hours. I thought I was going to a movie by ‘seasoned’ professionals, but sadly, it told me more the truth about the actors/executives/producers/director than I cared to admit before. You’ve shown your true colors and they “ain’t perty.” A few good scenes does not a good movie make.

  39. Bucketstealer says:

    What exactly is so “out of the box” about portraying a wall street rich man as a villain?

    Couldn’t sound more mainstream these days. What world do these people think we live in?

  40. Cindy says:

    I find it amazing the attack on CAPTALISM and the portrayal of greed ahhhh how much were you & all the other actors paid?!!! Amazing the hipoceacy!

  41. MikeTheGimp says:

    This is the first DiCaprio film (besides Titanic) where I thought he looked the part. I absolutely LOVED it! I was laughing my ass off the entire film. No, I didn’t work as a stock broker, but I did sell sub-prime loans and it was damn near the same thing. We had a boss like the DiCaprio character that would talk to our clients when they got on line and we would all laugh and bust a gut as he would talk straight but be making goofy faces to us as he locked in the deal with the “shit-bags” or clients as we lovingly referred to them. No we didn’t have a bunch of hookers, but that would have been nice. Anyway I loved it and I know that if you see it and get offended then you take life too seriously. Martin did an solid crisp directing job. The film was gorgeous to look at and to listen to. One more thing, if on the way out your not pounding your chest with your fist, then you’ve never worked as a salesman. Matthew McConaughey was FANTASTIC!!! Wonderful! And the most beautiful naked women in one movie I ever seen :)
    THANKS MARTY!!

  42. music91390 says:

    I know he was making a film adaptation of a book… Since when has Hollywood ever not changed aspects of the narrative or added to it to find a more compelling creative way to tell or skew a story? What does Carravagio have to do with my comment? There are no new stories…. And yes unfortunately, often- women are treated as objects, people abuse themselves an others thru drug use, and often rich Wall Street brokers destroy lives on their way up the corporate ladder…. But don’t tell me that that’s life-oh well…..

  43. Victor Laszlo says:

    I love Martin Scorcese. I just don’t like his films…at all. But he’s a wonderful, intelligent, sensitive man. I just can’t figure out why he’s obsessed with glamorizing horrible people. Remember all the directors who turned down The Godfather when Puzo was shopping it around, most saying they didn’t want to validate or glamorize the mafia, which has hurt so many. That’s child’s play compared with this. Plus, The Godfather was art, a masterpiece and Coppola was the perfect choice.

  44. mickrussom says:

    This rat vermin DiTrashrio, the loser, fake fraud and mental midget, should donate all his hoards of money to the victims then.

  45. Crixus says:

    Saw it. Great movie about loser brokers that most of Wall St laughed at. DiCaprio at his finest. Don’t miss.

  46. David K says:

    I just saw it at a theater in the Murray Hill/Kip’s Bay section of Manhattan, which is junior training ground for Wall Street wannabes. Unfortunately the four guys next to me, the aforementioned Wall Street wannabes in training, were taking it very seriously and giggling while bro-slapping each other. I think they missed the point of the film.

  47. Kevin says:

    I loved this movie. I like drugs and strippers and the rock n roll excess! You people are like prissy old schoolmarms tutting and clucking away …

    • Samuel Adams says:

      At least you see the movie for what it was. I also see you as a person with few morals which to you means nothing. Just never apply for a job with me or ask to date my daughters, or expect to be my friend, or expect to be treated with respect in any way by anyone who reads your comment…except for those hos that you pay to like you.

  48. rakava says:

    So Leo, you weren’t passionate about Inception or Titanic (I’m with you there buddy)? What about Shutter Island or Gangs of NY with your beloved director? You are generalizing that our entire generation grew up watching Scorsese? Well I guess we did grow up WATCHING it but you imply we enjoyed it. Like is the case with another short, pre-baby boomer, NYC director – Woody Allen – I beg to differ. I would say that I am not NY enough for either director but you and I grew up in the same neighborhood around the same time. I didn’t know I liked any Scorsese films at all but I was wrong – I liked Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. It’s the only one I liked. I saw it on TV randomly as a teen. I was surprised to discover the “Kiss My Grits” show was based on that movie. I had no idea that was Scorsese. I checked IMDB – I’ve seen A LOT of his films and other than Alice, I have fallen asleep during all of them – yes even Taxi Driver… Raging Bull, Casino, Color of Money, even the Last Waltz and I love classic rock stuff. After Hours was PAINFUL sure I was 12 but still AUGH!

    The point being that yes, I LOVED Inception and no you will not be getting an Oscar again, sorry. Oh and this looked extremely boring with I thought it was a 2 hour movie. Now it sounds more painful than the first Hobbit film.

  49. tressa says:

    The movie was absolutely disgusting…I was embarrassed to even view it in the theater. I am surprised at Scorcese really…Yes, yes we know…the excesses of Wall Street, the debauchery, we know Marty..you don’t have to spell it out on the screen like you are teaching a kindergarten class..so graphic, so ridiculously concise…..that it left no room for the imagination of the movie viewer…Five thumbs down for your Mr. Scorcese, you should be ashamed of yourself…

  50. Jose says:

    The story’s character development was monochromatic. Beyond the initial debauchery established, there could have been a richer blend of interaction and unravelling of the story. It seemed really cheap and pronographic after the fist 60 minutes or so. Repetitious, bland and silly. I skipped “Gatspy” because it just smelled blatantly bad. Didn’t pick up on this one until it was too late.

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