The Wolf of Wall Street: Never Cry, Wolf

by Ethan Alter December 25, 2013 6:05 am
<i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i>: Never Cry, Wolf

Although it would be inaccurate to label The Wolf of Wall Street a sequel (direct or spiritual) to Martin Scorsese's modern-day gangster classic, Goodfellas, the connection between the two movies -- as well as the less widely-loved Casino -- is hard to miss. Structurally, for instance, Wolf, which was written by Sopranos heavyweight Terence Winter, follows its predecessor's first-person narrated account of one crook's rise and fall. It even opens with a scene that shows our "hero," dethroned financial king Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) who wrote the book on which the movie is based, firmly ensconced in his high-flying lifestyle, followed by a lengthy flashback that shows us how he arrived at that point and then, once we're synced up, carrying his story through to its apocalyptic conclusion. (The exact line that serves as our gateway into the past isn't, "As far back as I remember, I always wanted to be a gangster," -- but it's close.)

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