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A. A. Dowd’s “Wall Street” Offer High Returns

In response to A.A. Dowd’s 910‑word review of The Wolf of Wall Street on AV Club

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A. A. Dowd’s “Martin Scorsese tackles excess with excess in The Wolf Of Wall Street,” is a brilliantly written, meticulously argued piece of artistic achievement that will give Ann Hornaday a run for her money in the race for the best review of Martin Scorsese’s latest opus.

While the writing doesn’t embody the same lyrical, rhythmic poetry as Hornaday, it’s no less impressive. Dowd style is less ethereal, more down to earth and his prose is just as gorgeous in its restraint.  

The critique is exquisite. Dowd has a brilliant movie mind and it’s a glorious experience to bask in the sheer breadth of its creation. His real genius lies in taking deep-seated criticism and presenting it with such clarity and effortlessness that it loses any potential tedium and becomes pure sensory pleasure.

One note on the presentation: for the spatially impaired, A. V. Club offers a first in the world of film reviews—a bar at the top of the screen fills as you progress through the review. Handy—if you’re a drooling moron. But, this is The Onion so you can assume that this was done with a wink and no small amount of irony and give them a pass.  

Excess With Excess is a work of staggering genius. Read it now.    

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