Does 'The Wolf of Wall Street' have a message?

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  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Jan. 3, 2014 7:36 a.m.

    I'm reminded of the reaction to the film "Compliance," current available through Netflix. It's an ugly, disturbing story about the insane lengths that seemingly ordinary people will go to comply with instructions from perceived authority figures. Unfortunately, it's based on a true story and reportedly does not take great liberties with it source material.

    During a screening at (I think) Sundance, people were walking out, yelling at the screen, and others rebuked the filmmakers in a Q&A session for what they deemed an exploitative, irresponsible film. To me, that kind of reaction would only confirm I'd made a good film.

    If a story is largely centered on ugly people and their ugly/decadent actions, the tone of the film should reflect that. The last thing we need is an Elder's Quorum-friendly, sanitized "Wolf of Wall Street" movie.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 6:32 p.m.

    Corruption on Wall Street is nothing new. That is why I struggle with the concept of free market economics. There has to be some degree of accountability or the financial system could easily collapse as it nearly did and most likely would have if not for government intervention. That is why I part ways with the tea party and lean towards a more moderate conservative point of view. I don't plan on seeing the movie.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Dec. 31, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    I have not seen this movie and probably won’t – find the older I get the less tolerance I have for graphic violence and extreme decadence.

    However, depictions like those mentioned here do not necessarily constitute a lack of morality. Sometimes the most effective way to convey a morally uplifting message is to realistically show the consequences of bad choices & actions.

    To pick up on Hutterite’s mention of Scarface, after getting over the initial shock (I still get edgy around chainsaws) the takeaway I got was just how miserable Tony Montana became even before he was killed in the final climax. And yet even he had some basic morality (his refusal to blow up the car while the kids were in it).

    Sadly that overall message was lost on many in the urban community (who even today glorify Scarface), so there is an admittedly fine line here and I think we are right to call out movie makers for creating entertainment with no redeeming value.

  • SigmaBlue Centerville, UT
    Dec. 30, 2013 6:54 p.m.

    That's precisely the point with this cesspool called a movie. Without moral courage, and no redeeming value, you bet it's bad. Frank Capra said the following about movie makers: "It takes moral courage to tell stories to people in the dark for two hours." Based on this standard, Martin Scorcese fails the test of a real movie maker.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 30, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    I'm not going to see it, because I suspect it's not the kind of movie I'd like. Not because I'd be offended or atwist over the ratings or stuff like that because a movie about decadent american abundance probably should have drugs and alcohol and all kinds things like that in it. Haven't you seen Pacino's Scarface? Same thing. No, the sex and drugs or whatever are fine. It just probably wouldn't be very funny.

  • truth in all its forms henderson, NV
    Dec. 30, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    This article was very unbalanced and only promoted the negative. The movie currently has an 8.8 rating on IMDb and has a 78% fresh rating on rotten tomatoes. This movie may disagree with the authors values, but that doesn't make it a bad movie.