This film is the distilled essence of the oeuvres of the two masters in their respective fields : Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. DiCaprio plays a charming, lovable, scheming, arrogant, vulnerable drug addicted stock broker who strikes it big and almost gets away with it. Scorsese makes you want to stand up and clap every time he introduces a twist in the plot. The camerawork, the script, the dialogues are all top notch. If this doesn't get DiCaprio the Oscar, I wonder what will!
“Take the Lead” This 2006 film stars Antonio Banderas as Pierre Dulaine, the real-life dance instructor whose Dancing Classrooms program was chronicled in the documentaries “Mad Hot Ballroom” and “Dancing in Jaffa.” In the fictional “Take the Lead,” Banderas’ Dulaine teaches ballroom dancing to the detention shift of his local NYC high school. Two worlds come together as Dulaine’s students face their personal (and socio-economic) struggles through the unifying power of dance.