I had been wanting to see this for a while, I quite like films about those nasty bankers and the mischief they get up to.
But just a few minutes into this I was lost in the money-babble, they were talking about stuff that just goes right over my head, and money talk just does not interest me. But, that was only a small part of the film, the rest was easy.
Another problem I had was that Oliver Stone got overly fancy with the camera work, lots of sweeping back and forth between two characters when a simple edit would have sufficed (the sound also switched quickly between channels, nifty but just sound-candy), shaky hand-held, and all manner of other tricks that were just plain annoying.
Shia LaBeouf was not annoying in his role, he was quite good actually. Michael Douglas was doing his thing, Josh Brolin was good as usual, and this was Eli Wallach’s last film (he died in 2014, four years after this was made), he looked very old, but he was giving his all.
The Wolf of Wall Street did this a lot better, but still this was a worthwhile watch for the most part.
Date watched: February 25th
Film count 2017: 42