The Wolf of Wall Street

First of all, the movie was really long. There were a lot of dialogue scenes that dragged on. Overall, I enjoyed it. It's a look into a world of opulence and excessiveness that seems plausible to a certain extent.

I can't believe Jonah Hill's character didn't die. There were so many instances where it seemed like he was bound to die.


Greed is how Jordan Belfort sold people pens, penny stocks, and dreams. He made you want what he was selling, so it could make you richer or better. Greed begets greed and his entire trading floor was filled with ladder-climbers with a total disregard for the ethics of their actions and full faith in their leader and their own desires to get rich.


I've never done any hard drugs and this movie just reinforced my personal aversion. How the addicted characters behaved was truly pathetic and deranged. This is just a testament to how great the actors were. 


I saw this move two months after it was released, after a lot of the hype had died down. I really didn't end up enjoying it as much as I hoped I would, since it straddled the line of realism so closely. I expected a more nefarious and eccentric presentation of the story at hand, but it looks like Martin Scorsese wanted to provide a strong commentary on the Wall Street ethos of never having enough.

Bashing on Wall Street is popular in today's zeitgeist, but I believe that Wall Street and financial companies play a very important role in our economy. The allocation of capital is an important economic mechanism that ensures innovative companies can find money to grow. With that said, it's important to be aware that money past a certain income level ($75,000?) doesn't correlate with happiness anymore. 

The whole movie was a warning about the dangers of excess. Excess money, excess power, excess greed.