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“The Wolf of Wall Street”…Scorsese’s return to form?

I did not like “Hugo” and I still can’t understand the fuss over it. It’s been discussed in more detail in past entries on the blog, so I’ll leave it at my belief that it is one of Scorsese’s few not worthwhile films. Same for 2010’s “Shutter Island”. Again, it’s overstuffed and underwhelming—yet has somehow managed to be the highest grossing film of Marty’s career(295 million worldwide). What happened? Did finally winning the Oscar for 2006’s “The Departed” make the great director soft? “Taxi Driver” is one of my ten favorite films ever. And I’ll talk your ear off about the mastery of “Mean Streets”, “The Last Waltz”, “Raging Bull”, “The King of Comedy”, “After Hours”, “The Last Temptation of Christ”, “Goodfellas”, “The Age of Innocence” and “The Aviator”. That’s a dimebag of greatness right there that should prove to any naysayers what a diverse and gifted helmer Martin is. But Scorsese is 70 years old now. Has he lost it? Is he past his prime? Hey, most critics were wildly enthusiastic about “Hugo”—so obviously they don’t believe he’s slipped. But, for a few years now though, I’ve feared his best days are behind him. But hang on a second! The trailer for “The Wolf of Wall Street” has stoked my belief for a Marty turn around. Am I a fool? Am I being naive? Trailers can be sooo deceptive. This will be Scorsese’s 5th film with Leonardo DiCaprio, who appears to be firmly in the position of Marty’s new muse. And the fact remains that each film they’ve done together has been a bigger moneymaker than the last. Can the pattern continue? We will see for ourselves when “The Wolf of Wall Street” hits theaters in November. Until then…my fingers will remain crossed.

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2 comments on ““The Wolf of Wall Street”…Scorsese’s return to form?

  1. Relived to find out that I am not the only one who found ‘Hugo’ weak. In my opinion the film was too slow, especially in the beginning, among many other things. I definitely believe that ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ would be Scorsese’s ‘come back’. I just wish he would not go the same route as ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ (2008) and make the film too long and overly self-indulgent.

  2. In making a film for children, for some reason Scorsese saw the need to make “Hugo” childish. The Ben Kingsley characterization is harsh and unlikable, and the buffoonery of Sacha Baron Cohen was an annoyance. Plus, it’s leaden and dull. Also, I’m not certain what possessed Oliver Stone to revisit “Wall Street” in 2010, but it was just shy of a disaster. “The Wolf of Wall Street”, however, certainly seems to have all the ingredients for a new Scorsese classic—hopefully that’s what we’ll get in November! And thanks for checking in! ML

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