The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) & American Hustle (2013)
I have gained a more empathic view and have even thought that I hope no one has ever been offended by what we have said here about their work. It's easy to forget, that famous actors and actresses, directors and producers are real people. They may even google themselves from time to time.
But I need to get to our double-billing here: The Wolf Of Wall Street and American Hustle in one short paragraph each. Lets begin with The Wolf of Wall Street. Three hours?! Are you kidding me Scorsese? Who cut this movie? I feel that they could have probably edited at least an hour away from the film. (I'm still nice, but I have to be honest) Even though the movie looks good is funny and entertaining, it is a disappointment to me. Leonardo DiCaprio is very good – he is very believable as a disgusting, shallow, self-loving young man who is willing to go to any excess and length for money and for pleasure. But I was really bugged by the narration the film chose (the lead actor narrating his story over the images) and felt that the whole affair was full of stuff we have already seen by Scorsese and elsewhere. I understand that there is a need to discuss the values or non-values of people and societies run by economics, but I think this movie made its point with too much sophistication and therefore never really made a point at all. Still, just give these dudes some Oscars already...
American Hustle took a while to begin. I was worried it would not get anywhere and would end up being something that works best on posters and galas. But thinking about it now, it was a good movie. Amy Adams and Christian Bale were great. Very good in being emotional, high-strung, devious and somehow cool but smelly as in sweat and grease. But who stole the affair? Jennifer Lawrence. I have not seen her in much yet, but she seems always to be just great. In American Hustle she played the young jealous and off-the-wall wife to Christian Bale's master con. She reminded me of Diane Ladd from her early days. That lovely, unpredictable quality. Her beauty is refreshing because it is as if she isn't self-conscious as many actresses appear on screen. But hey, again Amy Adams. I cannot wait to see Big Eyes. I hope she wins tonight.
The end of January came with a festival that I was involved with and which Astrid played at. It was a lot of fun and one of the extra bonuses was my dear friend Dave came over from the UK. Dave is in film (he designs sets), and it's always great to talk about the latest movies with him (his latest project is Matthew Vaughn's new film, Kingsman: The Secret Service). Anyway, as I often do, I took Dave to Anttila to see if we could pick up a movie for our next-day-post-festival-comedown. We had been discussing Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street earlier that day, and the DVD just happened to be in the sale, so we were set for the night. Those of you who follow this blog will certainly know we've covered Scorsese and his movies a lot and are big fans. Unfortunately, The Wolf Of Wall Street has to be filed under Gangs Of New York/After Hours Scorsese: i.e. a disappointing Scorsese picture. I know we're going against the grain here, but the standards are high.
|DiCaprio gives one of many straight to camera dialogues in The Wolf Of Wall Street|
|Bale, Adams and Cooper strutt in American Hustle|