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In Awe of the Wolf

July 21, 2016

 

Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" highlights the life of stockbroker Jordan Belfort and how he and his firm scammed their way to ridiculous wealth. Belfort is played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who brings him to life as a witty, conceited, intelligent, careless, and manipulative stockbroker. The movie glamourizes the life that Belfort and his associates lived as a result of their crimes, a life that was filled with partying, drugs, sex, unmonitored spending of wealth, and crime. Belfort’s crimes are classified as white collar crimes, “financially motivated nonviolent crimes committed by business and government professionals”. Belfort’s crimes hurt many individuals, wealthy and not wealthy, but that part is largely overshadowed by the “happiness” that these crimes brought to Belfort and his partners and in a way allows the audience to excuse the crimes due to the heavy focus on the glamour rather than the destruction.

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