It starts as a party movie, Wolf of Wall Street-like, a blitz of glamour and beauty. The great event. Then the romance. Then the comedy. Then the killer twist. I didn't expect it... and yet I did expect it.
You both do and don't. You both know, and loath the ending; wish to turn away from what you know will be there... and yet you don't.
It's an entrancing exploration of the old age NY with black music in back and a not too great set of ideologies and mustaches that might give you a hint at who the good guys are and who aren't early on, and yet...
Well just watch the movie. You'll see. Let's keep spoilers marginal.
Tobey Maguire was unexpectedly great as the main lead, and apparently he and Leonardo (DiCaprio) have been real-life friends since childhood!!! Who knew. Maybe it makes this all the better. All the more real. Maybe it breaks the fourth wall a bit. Is this good acting or is it just how they are...
The rest of the cast's killer as well, starring the likes of Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Lisa Adam and Isla Fisher. Among others.
The movie's art, and I loved it. From the intro to the credits, and everything in-between. It's magical. It's old. It's new. It's sad. It's unreal. It's everything. If you like the unorthodox - or the finesse of the old days, or the imaginative and authorly... give it a shot won't you. If you won't terribly mind.
I haven't read the book though, which apparently may be even better.
The viewers who critique this seem to hold than in almost unrealistically high regard.
But personally; without prior reference of comparison? This was a definite...
rated 5/5: friggin awesome
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I've seen the 1974 version...required secondary school literature in United States...
Ooh! Was it good? Worth a read?
Curious how they compare.