Valdosta Daily Times


January 1, 2014

Movie Review: ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ is howling good


VALDOSTA — Movie Review: In 2011, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” also directed by Jon M. Chu, debuted. It was a pleasant review of a young Bieber’s life and musical talents. This 2013 version is a publicity stunt, a long infomercial for a performer still early in his career.

“People want to see you fall.” These are words of a young Bieber. They are true to an extent. When several friends asked did I see this film, they had nothing but negative comments toward Bieber. Perhaps, a number of males are envious of Bieber. He has become a modern alpha male by entertaining, being wealthy and having a youthful handsomeness. Even more, many women think he is the best thing since the smart phone.

Bieber is causing his own demise with recent acts where he urinates in a bucket and gets into a fight with paparazzi. If he keeps going, will he be his own downfall? The film misses a big opportunity to explore why he did these things. This documentary spends about three minutes on each situation without really giving an explanation. It would be nice if a hardcore media reporter could have questioned him.

In a nice candid but truthful moment, Bieber’s mother, Pattie Mallette, offers some good advice to her son. She tells him to pull up his pants. This is the film’s most real moment.

Of course, this film is about music and not Bieber’s misbehaving. In this sense, all is just Bieber making his music, from writing it to singing it, and young women screaming and crying.

Those screaming fans have one good quality. They will keep you from falling asleep, for sure.

Grade: C- (Not a believer.)

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” (Drama: 2 hours, 20 minutes)

Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, and Fana Mokoena

Director: Justin Chadwick

Rated: PG-13 (Strong language, brief nudity, violence and sexuality)

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