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Enormous fun but lacking in any kind of moral lesson,
This review is from: The Wolf of Wall Street [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I first heard about this movie about 6 months before it came out as I met someone whose company had paid 100,000 USD to Jordan Belfort's company so that Belfort could come to the UK to deliver a training course in his 'Straight Line' method of selling. I saw that Leonardo di Caprio [for a reason that was unclear at the time to me] had provided a glowing testimonial to Belfort on his corporate website, which has since been removed.
Jordan Belfort's story, I understand, was the inspiration for a much lower budget film from a few years ago called Boiler Room. While that film lacks the kind of superstar production values that you see in The Wolf of Wall Street, it does at least show the real costs of the havoc wreaked by Jordan Belfort's firm. It is easy to forget that many people were caused real hardship and the evaporation of years of savings through trusting the firm.
Forgetting about all this, you do get a 3 hour blast. Leonardo di Caprio is simply stunning as the charming but ruthless boss, exuding a kind of manic charisma. The supporting actors are all equally fine and the whole thing is highly seductive. It seems that it is possible to live a fantastic life just by pretending to be a big shot, telling lots of lies and then spending your income lavishly. There are also copious quantities of drugs and extraordinarily beautiful ladies to look at in this movie.
I know that Boiler Room and Wall Street are popular with people who run dishonest high pressure sales organisations [Gordon Gekko's 'Greed is Good' speech is especially popular]. I expect that this film too will be equally popular, especially as it appears to make far fewer moral judgments on its characters. The only thing to avoid, it seems, is to get caught.
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Initial post: 2 Mar 2014 10:18:54 GMT
Superb written review sir.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2014 22:42:30 GMT
Thank you for your support of this review and also the one for Boiler Room.
I was starting to get a bit paranoid over this review, having a number of negative votes initially.
It is also nice to get a message of support. If you look at the previous two products that I have received comments, they have been very much the opposite of supportive.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2014 12:12:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jun 2014 12:14:06 BDT
Eileen Shaw says:
I don't give negative votes on any reviews, but am I the only person to be revolted by the overt message of the film. That women are commodities none worth more than any other? That we should admire a man who has had his soul scoured of compassion, permitting him to do almost anything he wants? This is a repulsive film with a repulsive message. Pass the sick bag and sell me another version of America please.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2014 16:04:41 BDT
I totally agree with your sentiment. My working life is spent investigating the kinds of people who look up to people like Jordan Belfort. I think you can only enjoy the movie if you can put away your moral compass for 3 hours.
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