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“You never got me down”. This is probably what DeNiro says to the world when he wakes up everyday. He is a living legend whose talent is unquestionable. After the dawn of the 20th century, he might have done a lot of questionable movies that are, simply put, trash for an actor of his calibre. But, he has proved the world he hasn’t lost any of that finesse with roles in Silver Linings Playbook and The Good Shepherd. With ‘The Wizard of Lies’, DeNiro looks to be making a solid statement to the haters, using his acting instead of his infamous tongue to silence them. The TV movie is based on a non-fictional book, that tracks down the events surrounding the trial of Bernie Madoff, who was the mastermind of the largest financial fraud in American history, which amounted to $80 billion! We hear and read news everyday, but are also aware of how much distortion it undergoes to be appealing when presented. The movie gives us a glimpse into Madoff’s world, the people that constitute it, family members and associates. It may appear to sympathise with the character, but in cases like this, your own moral judgement comes into the picture as well. The only job of the movie is to paint a portrait, but it leaves the manner of analysis and the result to you. It’s also interesting to see Michelle Pfeiffer, the leading lady of the 70’s and 80’s in a solid drama after many forgettable performances. The issue is surely an interesting one, and the old sternness is visible in DeNiro’s brows, but whether the movie can pull it off without letting its leading man overshadow the story is the important question!

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