If you took time out to catch a movie over the holiday season, you could not miss the promotions and buzz around "THE WOLF OF WALL STREET" which tells the story of real-life con-artist Jordan Belfort. The film has critics talking and movie-goers buzzing about it, some of which are listing it among the best films of the year. The film has even got some people so upset, they're calling for boycotts.
In the week since the movie's release, the film’s director, Martin Scorsese has been heckled at Oscar screenings, and criticized by some for failing to use the film as a platform to showcase the suffering of Belfort's victims. There are those who are angered that Belfort is profiting from his real life story while his victims wait in vain to be fairly compensated for their losses. Anger is to be expected.
The recession that was brought about by the outrageous greed of the financial institutions and the film showcases the brutal reality that greed is an addiction. Small players like Belfort and large players like those that made a killing on Wall Street before the bottom fell out were in it together. The film is a hyper charged expose' of scams, lies, money, drugs and unregulated access to people who hoped to simply improve their financial well-being. Make no mistake about it, these guys (including Belfort) are top notch crooks.
This film is also brings to light the fact that the enemy of the United States is not always s terrorist looking for an opportunity to strike. Short of murder, guys like Belfort did more damage than any mob family could do. The film showed that in a slick, satirical, sad but humorous way. It’s a crime film that seems to still have reverberations as Wall Street still has yet to get a clean bill of health.