Every now and then we get to see Scorsese play with one of his favourite themes: abundance. It’s amazing to think that this is the work of a man in his 70’s, and in his fifth outing with Leonard DiCaprio he pulls out all the stops. Let’s be clear - DiCaprio is good here - but Jonah Hill comes to this film as a man possessed. He’s playing a fully fleshed character that lesser actors would turn into a caraciture.
This film is a case study in amazing scene construction. Each scene and sequence dazzle and are a shitload of fun. That said, the parts are stronger than the whole. The running time bogs it down, and you wonder if the theme of excess hasn’t made Scorsese be a bit excessive with his scenes. So it’s worth seeing absolutely - but at just under 3 hours it’s a bit of a beast.