|Scorsese has created his own version of a |
trilogy with The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street is inspired by and closely related to Casino and Goodfellas. In fact, Scorsese has said that it is part of his trilogy (along with the other two) about money and greed. There were techniques in The Wolf of Wall Street that are directly from Goodfellas: DiCaprio replacing Liotta in the narrator/main star role, quick cuts, montages, etc. Also, the dynamics between DiCaprio and Hill are eerily similar to many DeNiro/Pesci collaborations. However, as far as romantic relationships go, The Wolf of Wall Street is closer to Casino. Belfort, played by Leo, and his wife have the same mad love turned to dysfunction that we saw between DeNiro and Sharon Stone twenty years earlier.
|DiCaprio gives a career defining performance as |
Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street
Seeing Scorsese return to these subjects and themes for a third time was a true delight. His version of a trilogy is perfect; it's the way trilogies are intended to be, the way God wanted them. Too often, studios and audiences get caught up in wanting to have continuations of old characters and completed stories. This only leads to bad films. Scorsese, on the other hand, has avoided being dull by wrapping each of his films in different characters and in different settings and times. Instead, he explores very similar themes, which creates this familiar atmosphere that turns each film into a different sibling of the same family. Each has their different quirks, but they all come from the same place, and in many ways, all of their characters have similar fates. Going to see Scorsese at work in The Wolf of Wall Street is something that every film fan needs to do.
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