Wolf has bite

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES -

As fil­tered through an as­ton­ish­ing, abra­sively nu­anced per­for­mance from DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street fol­lows a de­mented urge to be in your face and on your nerves at all times.

Scenes of Belfort and his ex­tended en­tourage los­ing them­selves in a bliz­zard of co­caine and pros­ti­tutes are in plen­ti­ful sup­ply. It takes a lot th­ese days for a pro­duc­tion to war­rant be­ing whacked with an R18+ rat­ing, and The Wolf of Wall Street ag­gres­sively en­ters this zone with no in­tent of turn­ing back.

Un­der­stand­ably, the film has copped heat in some quar­ters for glo­ri­fy­ing Belfort’s bad­ness at the ex­pense of any rig­or­ous anal­y­sis of the havoc he so hap­pily wrought.

Shouldn’t the story of a man who took so many peo­ple for a ride be more con­cerned with the man than the ride?

Scors­ese and DiCaprio brazenly evade a guilty verdict through the con­sis­tent de­ploy­ment of sheer cin­e­matic panache.

●An­chor­man 2 B Amer­i­can Hus­tle A Au­gust: Osage County B The Book Thief B Car­rie B Frozen A Justin Bieber’s Be­lieve D One Chance C Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity: The Marked Ones D Philom­ena A Rail­way Man B Sav­ing Mr Banks - The Wolf of Wall Street A

●B A D B C B - B - A A+ A -

●B A B B B B - B - A+ A A -

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