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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Is it us -- or is everyone else mistaken?

My wife and I are fans of the Internet Movie Database. We use it all the time when we are checking what films to watch. And often, after we have watched an interesting film (or even a baffling one), we scan through the reviews.

Occasionally we come across a rating that completely astonishes us. Last night, for example, we watched The Wolf of Wall Street, mostly because it got an exceptionally high rating of 8.2/10. We are astonished because we thought the film was overlong, by more than an hour, and infuriating with it. The first hour or so was impressive and very enjoyable and we admired the performance by Leonardo di Caprio and the tight direction, but then it began going seriously downhill for the remaining two hours. It just went on and on and on and on... We saw it through to the end -- some of it on fast forward -- only because we wanted to know if the diCaprio character got his come-uppance. He did, sort of, but it wasn't worth the wait to find out.

To put it bluntly, we thought it was, overall, one of the poorest mainstream films we have seen in recent years. But at least half-a-million other filmgoers seem to think we are wrong. Ho, hum.

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