Not enough people know that this movie was financed by financial fraud. The $150 million budget was financed by a studio called Red Granite Pictures, one of projects that came out of the billion dollars stolen from the Government of Malaysia via the 1MDB fund. In his Golden Globes speech, DiCaprio thanks a man named Jho Low, who is currently an international fugitive, and the studio is insolvent after paying a $60 million fine. For this reason, the United States…
This movie won me over by having all the characters turn out to be a little sweeter and kinder than their introductions suggested they would be. I'm just a silly sap like that. I didn't think the story amounted to all that much but there's tons of polish and this could have been much worse. A perfectly pleasant way to spend the first third of a transatlantic flight.
This lacks a lot of the things you might find in a "good" movie (character development, plot, pacing, a compelling message, consistent writing) but it's an entertaining talent showcase and now you can say you've seen it and maybe get a difficult pub trivia question in 20 years.
In some ways it's not fair to compare this to a bunch of famous teen comedies with A-list celebrities (and SNL people) but idk this is the movie reviews website where you…
Director Matt Johnson did a Q&A at IFC after—which spilled out to him just hanging out on 6th Ave—that clarified a lot of things I felt watching this movie. None of these quotes are literally accurate (do you think I'm the kind of guy who brings a notebook to movies?) but they are vibrationally accurate, like the film.
On copyright: "I specifically tried to violate as many people's copyright as possible. It sucks when you're watching a movie and they're…