Excessive, shocking, loud, crass, filthy rich, mind numbing, sense dumbing are the words that come to mind when I think of this film. I wanted to check into rehab after it, that’s how abusive it was, along with its 3 hour length.
Martin Scorcese is such a crafty story teller, that not only has he captured the essence of the story and era, but he makes you feel it with all your senses. The end result may not be entertainment, or a film where you enjoyed every scene, but EVERYONE will take one, or more scene(s) home with them.
Leonardo Di Caprio has done a variety of roles in the past, but this one surely stands out as one of his best. Exceptionally unpredictable, he does with ease what we couldn’t even imagine as a fantasy for ourselves. Other actors lend able support as the many elements in his life, ranging from crazy and eccentric to the loyal girl next door.
There were many scenes that were censored, but there was enough to let you guess what you missed, mostly because of their graphic nature. One very erotic scene was surprisingly not cut, as it was important to the story.
Watch it only if you can see it for what it is, a real story which is as far removed from reality as possible. I could not digest the fact that this is not fiction 🙂