ByBrian Finamore, writer at Creators.co
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Brian Finamore

Count The Wolf of Wall Street in this Oscar season! Once again Pete Hammond reporting from Deadline (he also did the same thing for American Hustle) attended two private screenings of the film for SAG and WGA voters and received an overwhelmingly positive response.

"To say it was rapturously received would be an understatement. Leonardo DiCaprio received a standing ovation when I introduced him, and co-star Jonah Hill also won huge applause from the packed-to-the-rafters house who also enthusiastically cheered co-stars Rob Reiner (who plays DiCaprio’s dad and stole the show at the Q&A), Jon Favreau, P.J. Byrne, Ken Choi and Cristin Milioti. I heard the film also received the same kind of enthusiastic response at the earlier screening too."

Awesome! I was already in line for this film, but now I am sprinting. The film has been compared to everything from Caligula (in a good way) to Goodfellas.

"Formal reviews are embargoed but as an initial observation I would label the movie ”Scorsese’s Satyricon,” a wild ride full of contemporary debauchery to say the least (DiCaprio compared some of it to Caligula), with a fine ensemble and a frenetic pace that belies its three hour running time. Even at that length it never lags. It is the perfect companion piece to Goodfellas and puts Scorsese right back in the thick of the Oscar race, if Academy members, particularly older ones, can deal with the almost non-stop parade of sex, drugs, nudity and rock and roll. Violence, a Scorsese staple in this type of film, is missing but there are a number of remarkable set pieces including a storm-driven yacht voyage that has to be seen to be believed (Rob Legato supervised the special effects team). An NC-17 was avoided by some reported judicious cutting but it’s hard to imagine the stuff that didn’t make it in considering the edgy material that did."

Great to hear that the film flies by even with the three hour running time. I wouldn't expect anything less from a Scorsese film. The Wolf of Wall Street comes out December 25th.


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