One of the things I love most about director is his fascination with all possible pursuits of the American dream. This most often translates as gangster stories, but in his latest film The Wolf of Wall Street, the corrupt rise to the top takes place within the world of stocks. Based on the story of underhanded broker Jordan Belfort, Wolf has begun to draw criticisms from folks who believe the movie actually endorses Belfort's misdeeds and general bad boy behavior.
In a recent interview with Variety however, the film's star insisted that exactly the opposite is true...
"This film may be misunderstood by some; I hope people understand we’re not condoning this behavior, that we’re indicting it. The book was a cautionary tale and if you sit through the end of the film, you’ll realize what we’re saying about these people and this world, because it’s an intoxicating one."
Having seen the film, I have to agree with Dicaprio. It's true that some of the extravagances of Belfort's ill-gotten fortune do seem a bit enticing, but watching him completely self-destruct is more than enough of an emphatic statement about the dangers of conning one's way to the top.
What do you guys think?