THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Martin Scorsese, 2013
Jordan Belfort (Leonardo di Caprio) takes a wrong turn.
Jordan Belfort lands in Wall Street at a bad time. Black Monday makes him go back to the bottom, working for a small company in Long Island that is specialized in trading penny stocks. Belfort surrounds himself with a small team that he will train to build Stratton Oakmont. Cocaine, alcohol, hookers and money, a lot of money. Belfort has turned in some kind of guru. Young traders fight to work for him. They want to be him. FBI agents also getting interested in his success.
He loses everything : his company, his fortune, his trophy wife (Margot Robbie). After a few years in jail, Belfort hosts seminars about selling techniques.
The Wolf of Wall Street is about a perverted system.
Jordan Belfort is an ambitious young man with an incredible potential as a salesman. Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey) becomes his mentor. He will teach him everything about Wall Street and how the system works.
The name of the game, moving the money from the client’s pocket to your pocket.
But if you can make your clients money at the same time it’s advantageous to everyone, correct?
To succeed in Wall Street, it seems like you can only rely on yourself and your phone. You can’t take no for an answer. You should only care about your own profit. You have to be a wolf.
Belfort has experienced unemployment before and he didn’t like it.
I’ve been a poor man, and I’ve been a rich man. And I choose rich every fucking time!!
He wants Wall Street. He wants success. Mark Hanna showed him the way. Belfort found a shortcut.
People want to get rich and they want to get rich quickly.
Belfort thrives quickly because people are superficial and lazy by nature. They want to make money fast and without any effort. In this world, it’s better to tell people with self-confidence rather than asking questions. Good for Belfort who is doubtless, especially when it comes to making money. Whatever it takes. His father (Rob Reiner) belonged to a different generation. He is shocked by what’s going on.
This is obscene!
He’s an old timer. By then, bankers were boring and making little money. Times have changed. Now Jordan rules. He is addicted to dollar bills, quaaludes and sales.
Gordon Gekko, the Pope of Wall Street, advocated for greed himself. Jordan Belfort, as a perfect product of the system, has no regulation. He illegally makes millions on the IPO of Steve Madden thanks to his friend Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill). He is a little too greedy. He wants to hide his money in Switzerland. And that, America doesn’t forgive.
Jordan is not evil. He’s great at what he does. He’s very charismatic. He has the ability to make a crowd cheer or cry. He genuinely cares for his employees – as long as they can help him make more money. He actually is a pretty straight up guy. When the FBI proposes him to cut a deal, he just can’t take it.
It’s me taking ‘no’ for an answer… It’s them selling me, not the other way around!
Jordan is just like a kid who likes to party hard. He swallows gold fish and he pees in the swimming pool. The problem is not him. The problem is his parents left him the keys of the Ferrari. The story of Jordan Belfort sounds like the fall of the Roman Empire.
Who’s behind the system? When did it go wrong? What if Jordan Belfort was using his skills for a noble cause?
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