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Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Review (NO SPOILERS)

Howdy ladies and gents, after all the waiting and waiting and WAITING, we’re here in 2016 and Marvel’s Daredevil season 2 and I’m here to review it. I adored the first season and made mention of that in my review, and after an epic binge over the course of Saturday from midnight to nightfall, I binged the hell out of this show coz I’m crazy and I’m an addict. So how does the second season of Daredevil fared? Well read on and find out! (Oh and careful for spoilers from Daredevil season 1, though I can’t imagine why you’d be reading this if you weren’t aware of transpired last season)

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So what’s the story for this season? Well Matt Murdock is still a blind lawyer by day and continues to fight crime at night as Daredevil and things seem to be going well after the incarnation of Wilson Fisk, however new challenges come in the form of the dangerous Frank Castle/ Punisher, and Matt’s ex-girlfriend Elektra Natchios, things get a lot more complicated as Hell’s Kitchen becomes home to all new levels of crime and chaos.

From the beginning things kick off pretty quickly as you’re filled in with what’s transpired since last season and then get introduced to the new plot elements and characters that will inhabit this world for the forseeable future. This season is all about morality, the value of life, relationships past and present, and when you take the law into your own hands, how far is too far? And with those themes comes new layers of darkness, psychological issues and sensuality through the storytelling and character moments that’s so incredibly dramatic, engaging and heart racing. This season also gets into some thought-provoking areas when covering the Punisher and Daredevil’s different ideologies and brings up questions like: Is the criminal justice system enough? Where does one draw line? Is it right to take a human life? And if one crime is worse than another does that person deserve death or a shot at redemption? We really get into the mind space of what it means to have rules and whether they should be abided by or not when they don’t work, and seeing both sides of the argument really adds some perspective not only to this part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also for superhero adaptations in general.

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I would also say that this season is better with its pacing and storytelling resulting in more consistent and satisfying episodes than before which just made me want to jump on the next episode immediately. Another aspect of note would be legal material. More so than last season, the lawyering is at the forefront and there’s a lot more conversations dealing with the law and how it works, the research, evidence and how it can help and hinder certain cases, and court room drama too which is very good and full of suspense and tension. Nelson and Murdock are really put through their paces and have interesting new hurdles to overcome and it is really well written and captivating stuff. Oh and the references to the comics, last season and Jessica Jones were awesome, it was nice world building too. And that’s all the stuff I can tell you, believe me there’s so much I want to share about this show, but it’d be giving away too much good material, suffice to say that there are plenty of surprises and moments that’ll frigging blow your mind! XD

Episode highlights include:

  • Bang
  • New York’s Finest (personal favourite)
  • Penny and Dime (personal favourite)
  • Kinbaku (personal favourite)
  • Semper Fidelis
  • Guilty as Sin (personal favourite)
  • Seven Minutes in Heaven (personal favourite)
  • The Dark at the End of the Tunnel
  • Cold Day in Hell’s Kitchen

When it comes to the cast, the returning members all do such great job as they’ve settled into their roles but have also gained additional layers too, while the new players do really well to change things up and yet stay relevant to the main plot. Firstly there’s Charlie Cox who is once again wonderful as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. He’s still very smart, courageous and cool, but he’s still flawed and has issues with his duality as a superhero and lawyer that make his life a lot more complicated and the way it unfolds is such a whirlwind of emotions, and Cox handles his material so well. I also believe this season also dives a little deeper into the mind of Matt; what drives him to do what he does as Daredevil and how it affects the people around him. Elden Henson also steps up his game as Franklin “Foggy” Nelson, this season he’s in a more interesting place not only because of the legal material he has to deal with but also the lies and complexities that come with being friends with Matt and hiding his secret. Deborah Ann Woll does a fantastic job as Karen Page too, unlike last season she had her uses but was primarily a background character, here she’s a lot more pro-active, has her own agendas and her efforts are quintessential to this season’s story and characters.

The newcomers are just as important, so let’s start with the man who nearly steals the whole show, Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle/Punisher. This is how you do the Punisher justice. Prior to this series both Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson have portrayed this character in 2004 and 2008, and while both of them had elements of the character done right, neither of them had the full package, but Bernthal has it. Here we have a man on a warpath, who is calculated, strategic, driven and scary as hell, but behind all his exterior there’s a tragic story that almost justifies his actions and makes him human/relatable. Bernthal really has a good lock on what makes the Punisher so engaging to watch whether he’s fighting, shooting or giving speeches, this man is like a hurricane of different things, he moves like the T-800 and yet has a depth to him that’s beyond your average killer. And then there’s Élodie Yung who is so sexy and deadly as Elektra Natchios, Jesus Christ! This woman is perceptive, smart, vivacious, playful and all sorts of trouble, and the backstory she has with Matt is one of most intriguing, fun, destructive and sensual relationships I’ve seen in quite some time. Their relationship in one of passion and toxicity and just seeing how things unfolded in the past and present was incredibly satisfying thanks to some incredible chemistry from Cox and Yung. I also enjoyed the appearances from Michelle Hurd as Samantha Reyes and Stephen Rider as Blake Tower who added an intriguing new dynamic to legal side of things.

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And finally there’s some of my favourite returning characters too. Rosario Dawson once again shines as Claire Temple offering her services both as a nurse and counsel for the good guys was great, Royce Johnson also returns as Brett Mahoney and it’s so awesome to see more of him in this season, and of course the cast wouldn’t be complete without Scott Glenn as Stick who is just as rude, sarcastic, funny and hardcore as ever. There are also some other returning faces but I’ll let you discover those on your own. 😀

As for the presentation, it is just as good as ever. Visually the show’s received a bit more of budget for new locations more intricate camera movements, better lighting, more digital and practical effects and more detailed make-up as I think the show’s a little more violent than before. Just like last year the action is badass with some beautiful fight choreography, gun fights, explosions and the introduction of ninjas just made everything better. Also John Paesano returns again to craft the soundtrack and it is fairly dramatic, emotionally gripping and awesome.

So are there any problems with this season, well yes there is. This will really depend on the individual, but for me there were certain storylines that didn’t pay off in the way that I’d hoped, and you could argue that Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk left such a major impression on fans last season, that this season definitely a little empty without him being the primary focus of Daredevil’s missions. Plus while most characters get moments to shine, certain people (me included) will be disappointed with the amount of screen time and specific character arcs that they’ve gotten.

In conclusion season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil is absolutely fabulous, I cannot praise it enough. While it may sound like I’m just a biased fanboy, if you really looked at this season as a whole, it takes the foundation of first season and improves on it in every way with such incredible attention to detail with the story, character development, action sequences and expanding this world’s mythology. I think your appreciation for this show will depend on what you want from this season and whether you loved the first one or not, but in my mind this is easily the best TV-based superhero material available. I’m already hyped for season 3 and I’ll probably be sure to watch this season again very soon. 😀

Rating: 9/10 (Even more fun than the first season)

So have you seen season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil and is so what do you think of it? Did it meet or exceed your expectations? And I’m also curious to know which did you prefer, season 1 or 2? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2016 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Daredevil Season 2 Trailer #1 (Part 1)

Howdy people of the internet, so yesterday the first official trailer for season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil dropped online and needless to say a lot of comic book fans lost their minds. With the recent release of Deadpool, the awesome final trailer for Batman v Superman and now this, it has been a great time for fans.

Check out the trailer below:

This trailer, ah man it makes me so giddy!

Watching Daredevil last year was one of my favourite TV experiences of 2015 and waiting for season 2 has been so agonising especially after it was announced that Punisher and Elektra would be joining the show. So we had that teaser trailer back near the start of January which only showed snippets of new footage, but with this trailer we got a much better look at what to expect and I’m SO hyped!

Frank Castle aka Punisher looks like he’ll be so frigging badass. This trailer gives us introduction of Punisher into this world, how he functions and how he’ll be a difficult foe for Daredevil to take out. Punisher looks like a lethal assassin stepping into Hell’s Kitchen and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake, he’s clearly Daredevil except much hardcore and hearing some of his quotes highlights how dangerous he is, stuff like “You’re a half measure” “You know you’re one bad day from being me.” and my personal favourite “You hit them and they get back up, I hit them and they stay down!” Oh lord, scary words being spoken there. Jon Bernthal right now looks like he’s gonna kill it in this role and I hope that it leads to a Punisher TV show as we need some of this beautiful madness.

But this trailer isn’t just about Punisher, we get to see Matt Murdock again and this trailer highlights that he has challenges to deal with Karen and Foggy, but also with confronting Punisher and realising how lethal and relentless he is. Looks like Matt’s gonna get messed up fighting Punisher with these brief glimpses of mortal combat going on. I also enjoyed the brief shots of some of my favourite secondary characters Father Lantom and Brett Mahoney, seeing Claire Temple again is great, Karen and Foggy look good too. But the most interesting is the appearance of Elektra just at the end of the trailer, she looks very calm, cool and happy to see Matt even though he’s more surprised/aggressive towards her. I hope that in the second trailer we get to see more of her and her combat skills too.

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In conclusion season 2 of Daredevil is looking so cool and I need this in my system possibly more than any of piece of comic book stuff coming out in the near future. It looks dark, tense, bloody and violent and I CAN’T WAIT. I need it now!

So are you hyped for Daredevil season 2? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2016 in Media, Reviews, Television

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Sicario

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for another recent film review and today I’m finally gonna be talking about Sicario. Now this was a film I really wanted to see after seeing the trailers online and in the cinema, I love a good thriller and the cast just made me want to see it more. Well thanks to Cineworld I got to see the film last night two weeks before its actual UK release, and now I’m gonna talk about it.

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The story can be described as the following:

“At the border between the United States and Mexico, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by a government official to aid in a joint task force tracking down an anonymous drug lord.”

I thought the story was pretty interesting. I feel like the trailers painted the film as a crime thriller with a more familiar plot device in place for the Americans involved, instead you get a lot of good lies and deceit, tension, moral shades of grey and drama, however the plot never unfolds the way you’d expect. Plus it doesn’t help that the pacing felt slow and for a little while you’re left wondering where this film will go plot-wise. That being said, a little ways into the film there’s a revelation revealed and the focus switches up and then the film becomes WAY more interesting than it was before. I will not state when or why, but when you see it you’ll know and that singlehandedly made the film better to watch. It feels wrong to fault a film for not turning out the way that you wanted it to, but at the same time, you like what you like and if a film doesn’t give it to you, then that has to be noted.

The cast was impressive, but the best performances came from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro. Firstly Emily Blunt as Kate Macer was great, she was this strong, smart and capable FBI agent who had a good moral compass and wanted justice for the all the wrong-doings that took place. However she realises that something’s wrong and is part of something that she didn’t sign up for and searches for answers with varying consequences. Blunt is such a great actress, she’s beautiful, yet badass, confident and vulnerable, headstrong but also naive and she does so very well with her material. But someone who may be even more impressive is Benicio del Toro as Alejandro, this character comes across as the strong, silent type or maybe silent but deadly type, either way he only speaks when its relevant and you’re not quite sure of his position in the story even though he’s working with the US government, but when this guy gets his time to shine, he’s unforgettable. This film reminds me of how intimidating and scary del Toro can be and why he is such a great actor, he genuinely blew me away and I loved his character.

Josh Brolin as Matt Graver was great, he’s a character who was charming and funny, but also had priorities and knew to assert himself in an authoritative when needed or when he wanted to, this was a side of Brolin I hadn’t seen for a while and I enjoyed him performance. Jon Bernthal as Ted was also good, I liked how fun and aggressive he was and always Bernthal turned in a good performance. Maximiliano Hernández was good as Silvio, offering a character I hadn’t seen from him before, but was interesting to watch. Victor Garber (an actor I’ve always remembered from 1997’s Cinderella) was good as Jennings, I also liked Daniel Kaluuya as Reggie Wayne and Jeffrey Donovan as Steve Forsing.

In conclusion Sicario was a good film with moments of brilliance, however it was not nearly as good as I was hoping for. It had a strong subject matter, great performances from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro and some lovely cinematography and well-filmed action scenes, though the story just didn’t engage me like I thought it would. I may be in the minority of people that didn’t love Sicario and I think this film will do well with most movie-goers and critics, but for me it was good but not great.

Rating: 7.5/10

So what did you think of Sicario? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and let me know. Until the next time, see ya later! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Howdy people of the internet, time for another film review and today I’ll be talking about Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I saw the trailer but this film around 2 to 3 weeks ago I believe and I knew it was one to look out for, however, I wasn’t sure it’d get a viewing in my local cinema because it seemed too indie for my cinema, but lucky me I got to see it and now I’m ready to pass judgement!

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The plot can be summed up as the following:

“High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.”

It is a little hard to describe my feelings on this story. Like in my reviews of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and more recently Paper Towns, I love films that have a heavy focus the lives of young people in school, their transitions into college/university and their bonds of friendship, and this film definitely had that in spades. This film is basically about a boy who befriends a girl who is dying and their time together. But what I loved about this film was that there was a heavy focus on Greg, his school life, backstory with Earl, in addition to his interaction with Rachel during her time with leukemia. I also loved the film references as they were really well-done, funny and I liked how self-aware the film was too. The first half of the film is quite strange, awkward and funny, but eventually the film does get quite serious and it hits really hard. Cancer is a serious subject matter that has to be handled with care and this film tackled it in a realistic manner, and it also helped that this film really effected the relationship between Greg and Rachel together and individually. At one point I found myself on the verge of tears because the emotions were riding really high and the drama was heavy, this film had me emotionally. However, because of the nature of the story things do get a little heavy and depressing, and while this shouldn’t be a negative, it does make repeat viewings and my enjoyment of the film drop a bit.

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The cast was really impressive and did such great jobs in their roles. Firstly Thomas Mann was great as Greg Gaines, at first Greg comes across as an awkward, introverted yet smart individual who has a system in place for getting through high school, but everything changes when he meets Rachel and has to deal with a new kind of situation in terms of friendship that he hasn’t dealt with before and allows him to come to terms with some of his own issues. RJ Cyler was also good as Earl, he provided a lot of great moments of humour and drama, and had some lovely chemistry with Mann as these two friends/associates who make films together. And then there’s Olivia Cooke as Rachel Kushner who was wonderful, Rachel’s quiet, yet witty and nice and it’s interesting to see her bond and change over the course of the film from being alone to accepting people who befriend her in dark period of her life. I really liked Jon Bernthal as Mr. McCarthy as he was humourous and memorable. I also liked Connie Britton and Nick Offerman as Mr. & Mrs. Gaines, they were quite interesting characters especially Offerman as Greg’s father who had such a strange yet funny personality. And Molly Shannon was hilarious as Denise Kushner being this loving, funny yet strangely flirtatious mother to Rachel.

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I also have to mention the use of animation as their use was quite humourous and helped create some interesting transitions between scenes. And the soundtrack by Brian Eno and Nico Muhly was gorgeous, it had a lot power and emotion behind it, and there is one track in particular towards the end of the film which is so moving and beautiful, it is both sad and amazing at the same time.

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In conclusion Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a powerful film, that has a touching story, really great performances and a lovely soundtrack. That being said the film’s subject matter really does make it hard to recommend and it isn’t a film I’d want watch again anytime soon. But its positives do outweigh the negatives, it really just depends on what you’re looking to get out of the film.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Jon Bernthal to Play The Punisher in Marvel’s Daredevil!

Howdy people of the internet time for some TV news and it is related to Marvel’s Daredevil. Now the details about the second season have been coming out little by little, but there hasn’t been anything big come out… Until now. The following information comes from superherohype:

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“Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street, “The Walking Dead,” Fury) has joined the upcoming season of “Marvel’s Daredevil,” streaming on Netflix in 2016! Bernthal will portray The Punisher, one of Marvel’s most popular characters. He is a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results.

“Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.”

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is Executive Produced by Doug Petrie (“American Horror Story,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), Marco Ramirez (“DaVinci’s Demons”) and Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods, “Lost”), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.”)”

So I saw this on my Facebook news feed and I wasn’t sure if it was just a rumour or actor stating that they wanted to play a Marvel character, but then I saw multiple sites posting it online and knew that it was for real. So my first thoughts on this? Fuck yes I’m down. I mean I’ve always like Thomas Jane, but his time as the character has come and gone. And if I am to be honest, if Frank Grillo never ended up being Crossbones in Captain America: The Winter Soldier then he would have been my first choice, that being said Bernthal is great actor, while Shane pissed me off in The Walking Dead, he was a great character and Bernthal has done good work in film too especially in Fury. If given the right look and right material to work with I believe he’ll kill it as Frank Castle/The Punisher. The only question that comes to mind now is, how does Frank Castle fit into Daredevil season 2? Will he be around to be an adversary to Matt Murdock or will he be an ally? Does Castle have his own agenda or is he working for someone (SPOILERS: maybe Wilson Fisk from inside jail)? No one knows but it does make you wonder and the hype for the next season of this show increases tenfold for me because not only was the first season so good, but we’re now getting a fan favourite character now being brought to life in the MCU. Praise the lord! 😛

So what do you think of this news? Is this good casting or not, and are you hyped for Daredevil season 2? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Media, Television

 

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The Wolf of Wall Street Review

Okay now it is time for me to review a film I’ve been waiting to watch for AGES now due to the bloody UK release date being almost a month later than the US’ one. I am of course talking about The Wolf of Wall Street. The hype that this film’s been getting is huge and I wanted to see how it held up. So far the award-based films have been a bit half and half with 12 Years A Slave being incredible and American Hustle being not nearly as good as I expected. So where does this film fall? Read on and find out.

So the story in the film is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

The reason why I really liked the film was due to the fact that beyond all the nudity, sex, drugs and alcohol there is a good story to be told with genuine actions and consequences. Everything that unfolds goes down in a spectacular way full of drama, humour and madness that become more and more ridiculous as the film continues. Some of the scenes in the film are pretty shocking in ways I didn’t expect whether it be in a really small or really big way and rather than it taking away from the film it increases the quality of the story and characters. And unlike American Hustle which I felt was all style and no substance, this film has the substance to back up its style.

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When it comes to the cast they’re all really good but the stand out performance is from Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort. DiCaprio’s performance was incredible, absolutely incredible. I swear he just gets better with age. In this film he is a maniac, full of swagger, charm, style and sophistication, however he has bad habits which start to consume him and make him disillusioned to the people and the world around him. DiCaprio just commands the screen whenever he’s there, he is spectacular and commits the role so insanely especially on the physical side of things which are both mad and hilarious. I think I’ve got a new man-crush haha. Jonah Hill should also be commended as Donnie Azoff. Hill‘s come a long since he was that kid in Superbad. In this film his character is not only funny, but a little off the wall, creative and creepy. I loved his accent and how he handled his drama and ridiculous habits without it coming across too hammy. Together DiCaprio and Hill make an incredible duo and just have the best chemistry.

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Margot Robbie as Naomi Lapaglia is also very good as Jordan’s wife, in the film she is not only absurdly gorgeous, flirtatious and sassy, but she is also innocent, cares very much for the well-being of her family and children and she is a strong woman and goes through a hell of a lot because of Jordan. Lapaglia is very impressive and handles her emotion scenes very well and I hope to see her in more films. Matthew McConaughey continues to be awesome as Mark Hanna, he’s this confident stoke broker who has some strange habits but also carries himself very well too. Kyle Chandler was also pretty good as Patrick Denham who is the FBI guy hunting after Jordan, even though he’s a hard-ass, tough and very straight-arrowed, he does have some funny moments too. Rob Reiner was also lovely as Max Belfort, Jordan’s dad. Max is the voice of reason for Jordan and he goes to great lengths to help his son out even when things start to get very hairy.

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Jon Bernthal as Brad Bodnick was another person worth mentioning as he was totally cool as hell, crazy and hilarious in his role and it is quite a transformation from being Shane in The Walking Dead. Also having Joanna Lumley as Aunt Emma was great, I wondered how she would factor into the film but she was nice, effective and quite funny too. Jon Favreau as Manny Riskin was decent too as this role was a bit more serious for him and the part he played was pretty cool. And I also wanted to mention Cristin Milioti as Teresa Petrillo, P. J. Byrne as Nicky “Rugrat” Koskoff, Kenneth Choi as Chester Ming (really funny), Henry Zebrowski as Alden “Sea Otter” Kupferberg and Ethan Suplee as Toby Welch who were also really good in the film. Oh and the small appearance from Shea Whigham as Captain Ted Beecham was lovely.

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In conclusion The Wolf of Wall Street is a really good film full of charisma, hilarious scenarios and loads of bad influences everywhere. But behind all this dodgy material is a story worth telling with amazing performances especially from Leonardo DiCaprio and even though the film is 3 hours long, I didn’t notice the runtime at all. I had a good time with this film and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 8.5/10 (An incredible adrenaline rush full of humour, drama and chaos)

So what did you think of The Wolf of Wall Street? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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