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Ethan Alter’s “Wolf” Will Get Its Teeth in You and Never Let Go

In response to Ethan Alter’s 1049‑word review of The Wolf of Wall Street on Television Without Pity 

http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/mwop/2013/12/the-wolf-of-wall-street-never-cry-wolf/

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Ethan Alter, resident critic for Television Without Pity, gives his take on the new Martin Scorsese opus with his review “THE WOLF OF WALL STREET: NEVER CRY, WOLF,” and it’s a beaut.  

Thanks mostly to Alter’s masterfully engaging prose, NEVER CRY WOLF  grabs you from the get-go and doesn’t let up until the close. Just try not to be enthralled as Alter constructs gorgeously complex sentences in which to house his profound premises.  

Alter opens with a bit of comparative criticism that many critics have approached this film with, but here the critic bucks the trend and offers a different take as to why. The critique just gets better from there: DiCaprio “sustains a level of near-hysteria,” and the film, “powered by Scorsese’s propulsive camerawork, his longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker’s rhythmic cutting and Winter’s incident-packed script,” is a “monument to the characters’ flair for excess.”

If there’s a zit on this angel, it’s the Alter spends a little too much time indulging in the particulars of Jordan Belfort’s (the guy, not the character) story. While it’s fascinating, in the context of a film review, it feels extraneous, especially when you consider how much space Alter devotes to it.  

Still, this is a veritable feast for the lover of film critique.    

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