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Wolf of Wall Street: Movie Review
The world of Martin Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street, is atrocious, crooked, boisterous and unruly in every sense of the word. On the outside, it may seem all that, but surely there's more to it than meets the eye.

An average American man's pipe dream is hyperbolized to an extent that it becomes skanky and revolting and yet the characters do not seem to be satisfied. Amidst all this, Scorsese insists that there is a hidden message. On further read, we shall find out what it is.

The movie is based on a memoir written by a former stockbroker Jordan Belfort, the founder of the investment firm Stratton Oakmont. Belfort, who initially starts off as a struggling broker, learns the ins and outs of Wall Street from his perverse mentor Mark Hanna played by Matthew McConaughey.

And thus begins his journey into the world of money, sex, drugs and addiction. Soon his company crashes and Belfort is forced to look for another job at a penny stocks firm. Belfort, with his sheer excellence and shrewdness lures in customers and makes it big overnight.

Immensely impressed by his flashy Jaguar, Belfort's neighbour Donnie Azoff decides to quit his job and join Belfort to earn those extra bucks and live life king-style. With Donnie under his wing, he gathers a set of gawks, high-school dropouts and underachievers to be his minions and starts the firm Stratton Oakmont.

Stratton Oakmont is portrayed as a place of absolute debauchery, a place where only rambunctious people can survive. The stock brokers are motivated beyond words, that their only ambition is to get rich by whatever means possible.

Di Caprio's speeches of inspiration to his employees are an absolute delight to watch. His acting is superb. Compared to his bland portrayal of Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street truly does bring out his character alive. The monstrosity, the urgency in Belfort's actions is perfectly portrayed by Leonardo Di Caprio.

The movie, which overtly shows nudity, drugs, and badass office parties, to be a sign of richness, makes the whole experience a tad bit repulsive. At so many levels, the movie can be misconstrued and misinterpreted to be something that is trying to rub off a rich man's degenerate ways of spending his extra earnings.

Although the movie tries to justify the fact that one's misdoings will never go unnoticed, that karma really is a bitch, it doesn't really justify its stance. Well, that could probably be said about the plot itself.

Either way, on a larger picture, one thing the movie tries to do is point out to the many bold, endearing and manipulative ways that one takes to make it to the 1 percent of America's population – the rich. Scorsese, through his dark comedy tries to point out to the exemption that a man with the green paper enjoys. His message seems clear and to the point – impunity comes with money, honey.

Though the movie faces criticism on grounds of glamorising federal crimes, preaching wantonness and demeaning the value of justice, the film truly stands great by itself. A masterpiece, which despite its faults, can boast of being a film that through its lavishness says something deeper than the plot.

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