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Duane Dudek’s “DiCaprio, Scorsese…” a Blur

In response to Duane Dudek’s 447‑word review of The Wolf of Wall Street on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/movies/dicaprio-scorsese-howl-with-excess-in-wolf-of-wall-street-b99163483z1-237187981.html

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Duane Dudek’s “DiCaprio, Scorsese howl with excess in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’” is a party of a piece that is fun while it lasts, but fails to make a long term impression.

The first aspect that stands out in this piece is the awesome intro. The reference to similar subjects creates an aura of familiarity that pulls the reader in instantly. And the passages that follow do their darndest to live up to the hype. The world the author creates is as alluring as a playboy’s mansion: with all the excess, excitement, intrigue and thrills the reader could ask for and more. Indeed, the virtual lifestyle created here is beyond one’s wildest dreams. In fact, it is so glamorous, it almost renders the point of this piece moot…. almost.  

The point is of course to entertain, as well as inform. And while this piece fulfills the first obligation in spades, it sort of comes up short in the information department. Granted, there is some opinion to be found here—mostly in reference to the supporting elements. But an overall judgement is lacking, or else it is buried under more subterfuge than the reader is likely inclined to sift through. In fact, there is so much uncertainty, it suggests the author himself is not sure of what he’s trying to convey.  

On top of that, the reader toys with providing too much of the wrong information at times. In one particular instance, he all but discloses the subject’s ultimate conclusion. It is vague enough that the reader is unlikely to notice or care, but it is still a security risk that has the potential to ruin the premise and thereby cause the efforts of the author to backfire horribly.    

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