[This is another of my reviews posted on Netflix that I have to re-post again and again. Evidently, they object to my opinion and use that to justify clicking the ‘objectionable content’ box that will get my review automatically pulled from the site. At least here, on my very own blog, I won’t have that problem. It does get disheartening when someone disagrees with my thoughts so much they would not just vote it as ‘unhelpful’ but go so far as to get it removed from the site entirely. If you see the issue differently than I do, I invite you to leave a comment so we can discuss it like civilized human beings.]
“There’s no nobility in poverty” according to Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), a morally reprehensible stockbroker who evidently has no conscience whatsoever. That’s as may be, but there’s also no inherent nobility in being filthy rich, especially when you’ve committed egregious acts of greed and corruption to attain it. The Wolf of Wall Street exemplifies the words of Obi-wan Kenobi describing the Mos Eisley spaceport, “a wretched hive of scum and villainy.” These denizens of Wall Street worship at the altar of Money and venerate those who best practice the seven deadly sins. It is worth noting that there are plenty of hard-working stockbrokers who carefully and responsibly tend other people’s money. This lot, however, care absolutely not one whit about good stewardship but instead take pride in being venal predators who actively laugh at their clients’ gullibility as they gleefully line only their own pockets, bilking hard-earned money from people who can ill-afford to lose it. This movie certainly succeeds in portraying the malignant debauched lifestyle of Belfort, whose company resembles more of a lunatic asylum where the inmates run wild and everyone indulges in the most lewd excesses instead of being a professional financial institution.
Tawdry, obscene and unconscionably wanton, this film is full of the most appallingly foul language to such an extent that if the script left out all the expletives it would cut the run time in half (the same thing has been said about Good Will Hunting, but in the case of that film the rest of the content is so wonderful I forgave the language. Needless to say, this film did not achieve the same level of grace with me). I found very little of redeeming value in the narrative although I can appreciate the caliber of acting performances. Bits here and there were funny but on the whole it was an illustration of terrible choices, of how not to live your life. Rampant sexual orgies, constant drug use and a lack of anything remotely resembling ethics made this horrifying to watch. I guess I just don’t particularly care for movies that seem obsessed with the seedier side of life and show the most graphic and repulsive things for the sake of being edgy and controversial. So slimy and perverted, I feel I need a shower in order wash away the stench of this raunchy sleaze-fest. – BETHANY
For more on who was involved in The Wolf of Wall Street, visit the Internet Movie Database
Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Jordan Belfort and his sole reason for living.
Matthew McConaughey as Mark Hanna.
Belfort and wife #2, played by Margot Robbie.
Jonah Hill in the famous scene where he swallows a live goldfish (he didn’t really, in case you were wondering).
Jordan explains to FBI agent Denham (Kyle Chandler) that he’s doing nothing illegal.
Sir, I have an amazing opportunity for you to invest in a bridge somewhere … (Jonah Hill)
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