The Academy awards is well aware what a source of controversy Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street has been. The black comedy has been called offensive, irresponsible and said to glorify the excessive lifestyle that it depicts. The Wolf Of Wall Street can be guilty of everything listed if viewed without thought to the overall context within our current society. The Academy Awards knows that the acclaimed Scorsese has crafted yet another piece of important American cinema in The Wolf Of Wall Street. The film is nominated for five awards including best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay.
In The Wolf Of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as penny stockbroker Jordan Belfort. At the start 90s, Belfort and partner Donny Azoff (Johan Hill) started the firm Stratford Oakmont. The brokerage firm quickly grows from a team of barely twenty to more than two-hundred-fifty employees. Stratford-Oakmont reputation within Wall Street and the trading community soon skyrockets. But as their reputation soars, so do their lies, debauchery and amount of substances they abuse. They draw attention like no other, throwing lavish parties for their staff when they hit the jackpot on high trades. Belfort is soon featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine touted as “The Wolf Of Wall Street.” With the FBI hot onto his trading schemes, Belfort must devise new ways to cover his tracks in effort to keep his massive fortune hidden. Leonardo DiCaprio and Johan Hill are also nominated for best actor and best supporting actor Academy awards for their respective performances in the film.
The Wolf Of Wall Street is a pitch black comedy on the trappings of excess and the lure of the luxury lifestyle. Director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter craft a film that displays all the depravity possible with multi-million bank accounts and morally corrupt souls. The film went through a lengthy editing process for Scorsese to be able to trim the explicit film into something the MPAA deemed suitable for audiences. While the Academy awards has never been known for awarding polarizing films, it is hard to deny the importance of a film like The Wolf Of Wall Street. The film has struck controversy for glorifying the criminals involved even when depicting their deplorable struggles to stay on top for the sheer sake of their ego. The clear and concise message that these people are utterly pathetic yet cannot fail to capture our attention and imagination despite of all the internal warning signs to ignore seems to get lost with certain audiences in the same way Jordan and colleagues find themselves lost to their own corruption and depravity. For them, the lifestyle Scorsese depicts is too enticing to turn away from with no concern for the levels of degeneracy they would have to sink. The Wolf Of Wall Street has gone on to be Martin Scorsese’s highest grossing film, pulling in just over $300 million worldwide off its hundred million production budget.
The Academy awards knows The Wolf Of Wall Street is an important film for cinema not only just for the talent in-front of and behind the camera but also because delves into mankind’s ever-growing obsession with wealth and those who will do anything to obtain it.
Editoral By Benjamin Murray