Though the movie (Wolf of Wall Street) got off to a fast start, earning north of $9 million on Christmas Day, those lured to the cinemas by the promise of DiCaprio and Scorsese bombarding Wall Street are leaving disappointed. CinemaScore polls moviegoers as they exit theaters, calculating “a distinctive CinemaScore grade” that gives the industry a ballpark reaction. Wolf, so far, has earned a C. That sounds average. On CinemaScore, it isn’t. It’s terrible. Audience rarely trash a movie to the CinemaScore pollsters. Currently, Wolf has the lowest grade, behind such movies as 47 Ronin (B+), Walking With Dinosaurs (B), Homefront (B), and Jackass: Bad Grandpa (B). Yes, Bad Grandpa.
I can’t find the CinemaScore for ‘No Country’.
That’s writers’ bullshit Johnny.
It’s true that had he let Mattilda die or even abandoned her at any point then his life would be different, and probably longer, but he’s not “paying”, dramatically speaking, for having found that he has a heart.
He suffers the consequences of a life of murder for hire, of being part of the criminal system that employed him. Like Pacino in more than one film, every time he tries to get out they drag him back in.
Tactically, saving Mattilda is an error, but thematically it makes him human, and that starts the process of making us care.
If all the film offered was Jean Reno executing people it wouldn’t be as well regarded as it is now.
If you want a clever use of atonement and punishment, ‘Pulp Fiction’ is a great one.
The varying one fates of Jules and Vincent are fascinating. One atones and the other is punished.