"The Wolf of Wall Street" paints a picture of excess and debauchery during a time of great excess. Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Jordan Belfort, the real person that the book that the film is based upon is all about. According to Forbes on Jan. 8, the movie emphasizes the sexy side of corruption while it downplays the sadness it creates.
Movies, after all, thrive on the visual. Antics and debauchery are more visually appealing than heartbreak and despair.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" according to DiCaprio, purposely showcases the good life derived from greed and excess, while downplaying the damage done to its victims. The viewer is very much put into Belfort's head and gets an opportunity to experience a wild life from his perspective.
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" differs from Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" in that there are no consequences shown for Belfort's actions. At the end of Stone's film Bud Fox, played by Charlie Sheen gets busted and is brought to trial to pay for his crimes. The victims include not just his customers, but also his own father.
The profits from the film and books that Belfort receives will go to his victims instead thanks to a judge declaring him in default on paying millions in restitution.
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