Literally, just finished watching Wolf. I was worried about checking it again, cuz I loved seeing it in theaters. The crowd lost their **** in waves. It was some people who loved soaking up the ****** up things they did, and the others who were just in nervous-shock by the whole damn thing. But it held up...it was just as hilarious. Leo killed it so hard, Naomi was everything, and Donnie was still comedy.
I could tell this time around, what people meant when they said it was just too long. And it sorta highlighted a big weakness in the film...cuz I remember people trying to say it wasn't about anything or that it condoned that behavior. No. They just made up their minds before they even saw it. But it really didn't do a great job on the stock market side of things. Especially when you compare to Wolf aced the comedy and the characters and the dialogue and the memorable scenes. But it just kinda skimmed on the actual stock work.
They could've just called this A-holes with Money or Wolf of the Hamptons or Jackpot Jerkoffs. I mean Steve Madden? Emotionally and thematically, everything hit in the film...storytelling-wise, they didn't really connect with the story about stockbrokers. They had all those people going savage in the offices, but there really was a complete disconnect from what it is they were actually doing, and any of the real world consequences of it all.
And I get that whole "well Jordan and them were oblivious to it all." Okay...but we weren't...and Kyle Chandler and Margot Robbie and the girl who got her head shaved and his ex-wife and the stewardess and the cops and his dad all existed in this movie. Not explaining his victims better makes it not matter that he got caught for anything. It makes his only real crime, getting high too much...oh and that one time he boosted a stock price. It makes it feel like he got punished for that last scene with Naomi and only caring about himself. It makes it not matter to today.
Wolf is a really funny movie, and it's got a lot more substance and just...meat on the bones than a American Hustle, but man do I wanna see that 4-hr cut, to see if what I was missing was in there. Also if it's just an extra hour of Donnie and Naomi, that's cool too. It's still my favorite movie of last year.