Now that Oscars are nearing let me finish my views on a couple of movies, which I did see but never found time to write about them.

  • The H8ful Eight:  I am a fan of Quentin Tarantino and his choice of music for his films. So I was quite excited to watch this movie. First off, loved the music of this movie. Truly amazing. No doubt about it at all. With respect to the movie, it has three parts (as most of you all know already). I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it until it came to the second half of the 2nd part. Just because I was sure that there would be a definite twist later I did manage to put up with it. Could have been a bit shorter? But then when the twist happened, I was totally surprised. I try to not reveal any spoilers if I can help it, so I am not going into the story as such. But it was a pleasant surprise 😉 even though it didn’t last for long. Damn! In his movies, it is very important to concentrate on the dialogues to find any  giveaways from the characters which might help you unravel the mystery earlier. And this is no different. I liked the movie, not his best I should say, but that’s OK. I wasn’t expecting his best anyway. Music – top class. 
  • The Revenant: After hearing very good reviews about this movie, finally got around to watching it. It has Leonardo DiCaprio after all. The story is good, its about survival, revenge, grit, pain, loss etc…But for some reason, it did not kindle any emotion for me. I kept wondering why and I haven’t found the answer still. The art direction, the cinematography are all very good. And was glad about the ending too. But for such a movie, I thought it would make me feel the protagonist’s pain. Hell, I felt a sort of sympathy for Leo’s character in The Wolf of Wall Street and nothing in this. That’s a shame isn’t.
  • Joy: I watched this only for the sake of J-Law. And it was worth it. She was a dynamite. Loved her performance. But couldn’t actually accept her as an old woman at the end (oops, I guess that is a spoiler) Be it pain, happiness, frustration, confusion…she got to show a whole set of emotions in this movie and emerges as a strong person too. I guess most people will watch it just for her and she does stand out among the whole cast, which also includes Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez etc.

The Wolf of Wall Street – Mixed feelings

Its 15 mins to Sunday and here I am, after watching the movie ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and a sumptuous dinner (a friend’s birthday treat of course !!). I just cannot sleep unless I let out how I feel about this movie.

This was a movie,which after watching the trailer I told my friend that I would join if they planned to see it in theater. What is it with people making more than 2.30 hrs movie. Its a three hour movie for Gods sake. And let me tell you upfront, it could have been much better with some editing done. Really. I am not going into the story line here, because its sort of lengthy and you can get it in Wikipedia anyways. Every line, every single line has a curse word. My friend said that there are as many as 700 curse words in this movie. The last one I saw which had so much of those was ‘Pulp Fiction’ (or may be I don’t remember any other movie with so much curse words which made an impact on me to remember it). My god, after the movie, my ears were still ringing with them. Not that I am not used to it. I do read a lot of novels which has them in excess, but to hear it in every line and with very appropriate gestures to accompany it, well I should say I was a little abashed. Matthew McConaughey looked so old. Oh God… He looked OK in Mud though. Of course Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t look any younger, but still. Story wise, I thought it had a similar premise to ‘Catch me if you can’, also played by Leonardo DiCaprio. The first half was too far stretched with too many unnecessary scenes. I am not sure how much they have adapted from the novel, but it looked like they tried to use as much as they can. As of acting is concerned Leonardo DiCaprio has done his job very well. Be it the angst person, the addicted guy, the jolly good person, one trying to sell you BS, he just fits the role. Dialogues in many places are very catchy. Of course this movie is not about the chase by FBI but more about the life of Jordan Belfort and that is where it differs from ‘Catch me if you can’. Jonah Hill, now that guy, you don’t know if he is stupid or manipulative. He is the main reason that net around Jordan tightens.

I liked the songs and the background score. But why is Hollywood using those songs more and more ? After watching the movie, I really felt very good that I did not do any investments in my life in Stock market. I am no good in speculation and can never trust a broker that easily. This movie sort of puts us off from using those markets. It also teaches you some nitty gritties of the stock market for us beginners. I love ‘The Departed’ and ‘Shutter Island’ was a very decent thriller (and kept me at the edge of my sofa). This one, I wasn’t sure if I should like it or hate it. It had its good moments but was very lengthy too.