The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio aren't simply telling us this story about Wall Street swindler Jordan Belfort, they're practically forcing it down our throats, with a seemingly uncritical conviction of how cool and fun it is. Although the latter may be accounted for – because the film certainly has its moments when DiCaprio's energy and the audacity of the story elevates it above its moral dubiousness and long-winded, simplistic form – the insistent show-offish storytelling will probably only impress the younger audiences. In short, the filmmakers are a little too much in love with their protagonist. They may think they're giving him a critical treatment, but the mandatory moral rectification towards the end is only about going through the motions. In the most elaborate of ways, Scorsese wastes a good opportunity to create something unique out of a fascinating story.