50 – The Wolf of Wall Street

Welcome to The Best Movies I’ve Never Seen! This is the part of the blog where I work my way through 100 films I’ve never seen that are generally considered to be great. You’re invited to watch along with me if you can find a copy or find it streaming. So grab some popcorn and let’s get started!

The Wolf of Wall Street

2013

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Quick synopsis… Martin Scorcese’s high-rolling Wall Street drama is based on the memoirs of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, whose giddy career — involving audacious scams and confrontations with the FBI and other agencies — ended in federal prison.

Welcome to the halfway point in this list of the Top 100 Movies I’ve Never Seen. And The Wolf of Wall Street was definitely one of those movies I’ve never seen…

I don’t know… When it was first released, the trailers didn’t do much for me. I never cared much for Wall Street. I’d say I’m not much for movies that deal with the world of finance and investments… but I loved The Big Short. So I’m not sure what repelled me from this one.

It could be that, for me, Scorsese is hit or miss. Before you light your torches and sharpen your pitchforks, I get it. He’s a brilliant director. He is… that cannot be denied. But his movies… There are some a like and some I just don’t. Goodfellas is fantastic. Shudder Island had to grow on me. Didn’t care much for Taxi Driver… I know, I know…

After so recently watching There Will Be Blood, I can’t help but feel like I’m being beaten over the head with movies with messages about the dangers of extreme capitalism and greed.

In spite of that apparent warning… I’m genuinely confused about the purpose of telling this story. Are we glamorizing the lifestyle that Jordan Belfort exuded? Are we being made aware of the kind of toll that lifestyle can take when it gets out of control?

I’ll say this… Without The Wolf of Wall Street, we wouldn’t have been introduced to Margot Robbie, which means we may never have gotten her brilliant portrayal of Harley Quinn on the big screen.

Having now seen The Wolf of Wall Street, it ranks at number 941 out of 2,288 movies on my personal Flickchart list.

Have you seen The Wolf of Wall Street? What did you think? Is greed good? Is the movie a warning against the trappings of wealth and prestige? Let me know what you think down in the comments!

2 thoughts on “50 – The Wolf of Wall Street

  1. How ironic that I just finished reviewing 2 Martin Scorsese movies. I watched The Wolf of Wall Street around the time that it came out. I’m not a fan of profanity latent movies, but I found this very entertaining. I don’t believe Scorsese was trying to glamorize the lifestyle. It’s matter of fact and doesn’t shy away from the negative effects.

    P.S. Couldn’t agree more with you on Margot Robbie.

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