Sean Cordy’s review published on Letterboxd:
Sell me this movie…
Few films can take a true story and turn it into something so exemplary of a society, of a country. The Wolf of Wall Street does that, placing it right into the catalog of Definitive American movies. Now, this is not to say that it’s praising America and all that within, no. In fact, it is more of an exercise in seeing what is wrong with this endless cycle of greed, capitalism, materialism, exceptionalism, anarchism, and every other “ism” you may imagine…and then some. These ideas are nothing new, we’ve seen them in films like There Will Be Blood, Barry Lyndon, and even this year’s Spring Breakers. But Director Martin Scorsese puts new light on these topics, and it contains them all as opposed to one or another. Many directors would see this as just a cut-and-dry story that is all drama, and no fun. But what Scorsese does, is place us into Jordan Belfort’s existence (not life), and we feel every nuance that Belfort craved oh so dearly.
Full Review: HERE