Lately, it seems a lot of the movies I see on Netflix are excruciatingly stupid or unwatchable. I go online to research the films, and find that shockingly, these same films are lauded by the critics. What is going on here?
Maybe I'm just not a Will Ferrell fan. I didn't think he was very funny on SNL, come to think of it. And the Ron Burgundy bit, well, that would make for an uncomfortably long SNL sketch, much less a movie. Much less two movies.
The sad thing is, both movies could have been a real send-up of the news business - both local news and 24 hour news channels (the topic of the second film). But you could sense that they really pulled their punches here. The same media companies that make Hollywood movies have ties to the same television stations that report the news. And hey, let's not mention the fact that they review the movies as well.
So Ron Burgundy is not shown as a parody how the "nightly nooze" works, but rather as an outlier, whose behavior is condemned by the "real serious newspeople".
We can't have the plebes losing faith in the news, right? Next thing you know, they will question their faith in Hollywood!
It is sad, but Hollywood can't make real science fiction movies without resorting to ludicrous plotlines.
Wolf of Wall Street: Wise Guys meets Gordon Gecko. This is a pretty formulaic movie about Wall Street corruption, but told in a format of a mafioso movie - which is not surprising as it is directed by Martin Scorsese. The movie is way too long (close to three hours) and after a while, you just want to punch Leonardo DiCaprio in the face. Scorsese does everything over the top. Not only do they snort cocaine off hooker's breasts (in almost every scene) they snort cocaine off the breast of a hooker, while drinking Dom Perignon, driving in a Lamborghini on a yacht inside a private jet. That sort of thing.
It is a plebe movie. You can just guess at the hootin' and hollarin' that goes on when the great unwashed watch this movie and go "shit-yea!! Snortin' coke offa hookers titties, that's what I'm talking about!! hooo-wheee!!"
In this, Scorsese sort of shows off his lower-middle-class roots - that gaudy excess is desirable and that too much of everything is the American dream of success.
The real story of the scumbag who defrauded thousands of people with his penny stock schemes is, of course, not as exciting. The guy did go to jail and got out. Guess what he does now? Right, a motivational speaker. Wow, what a loser.
Oh, and he wasn't the "Wolf of Wall Street" but rather ran a penny stock boiler room scam out of an office on Staten Island. He never ran a Wall Street firm, as the title of the movie suggests.
The movie is long, boring, loud, and over-the-top. The plot is hackneyed and predictable. Eventually you just get tired of it and fast-forward to the part where he gets arrested. It is all just so, well, been there done that. Scorsese needs to find a new plot line.
But, the critics largely loved it. And I guess it sold a lot of box office tickets. It came out at a time when a lot of people had lost money on Wall Street - and wanted to see a movie scapegoating the business. I am sure more than one plebe came out of this picture and said, "I told you so! The whole stock market is just a big scam!"
Penny stocks are, of course. But only an idiot buys those, right?
I guess I just picked three turkeys in a row. Better luck next time!