The Wolf of Wall Street ★★★★★

Nothing sums the entire message of this movie up more succinctly than Diamond Donnie Azoff pissing on an FBI subpoena while screaming “FUCK YOU USA! FUCK YOU USA!” No filmmaker understands the seductive power of being above the law quite like Scorsese, and that’s what I reckon makes so many of this movie’s detractors so uncomfortable. Deep down, everyone knows that these dudes are reprehensible scumbags, yet can’t deny how appealing pure excess can be. In this way, WOLF might be his greatest gangster picture: these guys didn’t even need guns to become some of the biggest criminals their decade knew. All it took was a little charm and a good sales pitch to sell you that pen.