When I heard Martin Scorsese’s latest was 3 hours long, I cringed . Scorsese tells “Variety”, he cut it down from 4 hours!! Size doesn’t matter here- this is a movie on speed, whizzing by and feeling shorter than most 2 hour films. It’s classic Scorsese- one of his best in years. It’s his 5th film with Leonardo DiCaprio, who is at the top of his game playing real-life 90’s corrupt trader Jordan Belfort, who has a cameo at the end of the film. Jonah Hill is Oscar worthy as his partner in crime.
This is a dizzying drug and sex-fueled fest. The sleazeballs have no shame.. just an bottomless appetite for more. More money. More sex. More drugs. The Quaalude DiCaprio-Hill fight scene is epic. Some will make you wince- the dwarf tossing, for one
It’s gorgeous to watch and never boring. But in all the 3 hours, we never get a look at the victims, who were just ordinary hard-woking types, not high- rollers.
The dialogue is razor-sharp. It’s both appalling and intoxicating at the same time. Def one of the best of the year.