Martin Scorsese Speaks On The Criticism Surrounding The Wolf Of Wall Street


Martin Scorsese, the director of "The Wolf of Wall Street," addresses the widespread complaint that the movie does not have a coherent moral stance regarding the issues it explores. The film, which was released in 2013, is an adaptation of the memoir of the same name written by Jordan Belfort. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a stockbroker whose company, Stratton Oakmont, was involved in widespread corruption and fraud on Wall Street. The Wolf of Wall Street was considered controversial by critics due to their perception that the film did not sufficiently condemn Belfort's behavior, despite the fact that it received mostly positive reviews.

The criticism that The Wolf of Wall Street does not take a moral stance on Belfort has been addressed by director Martin Scorsese ten years after the release of the film.

Timothée Chalamet had a "epic conversation" with the director for the magazine GQ. During this conversation, the director stated that he had just recently learned about the controversy, and he also shared a critic's response to a specific criticism. Scorsese gave the following response when asked by Chalamet whether this "moralistic attitude" bores him: "It's beyond boring." You can read his complete comments down below:

"I only learned the other day from an interviewer who said, "You're not aware of the war of Wolf of Wall Street?" So I said, "What are you talking about." They said, "Well, there was a big screening at Paramount of the picture, for the critics in New York." Apparently, I was told this, there were two camps, one camp that loved the picture and the other camp that was furious, saying I didn't take a moral stand on Jordan Belfort. And one of the critics from the other group that liked the picture said, "Do you really need Martin Scorsese to tell you that that's wrong?" You really need him to tell you that's wrong? He knows it's wrong... it's beyond boring, I think."

The Controversy Surrounding "The Wolf of Wall Street" Explicated

Upon its initial release in 2013, The Wolf of Wall Street was met with a great deal of critical acclaim as well as some moral condemnation from reviewers. Scorsese explains that the opinions of the critics fell into one of two camps: those who gave the movie unreserved praise, and those who believed the movie failed to take a stance on the moral issues raised by its subject matter. Opponents of the movie claimed that it made Belfort's behavior look more appealing than it actually was. DiCaprio defended the film The Wolf of Wall Street at the time of its release, saying that the film is not meant to glorify the excessive lifestyle that it depicts and that he is not trying to do so. Others have defended the film on the grounds that it is a satirical takedown of the topic it addresses.

Those who are familiar with Scorsese's methodology will not be surprised by his response to the controversy surrounding The Wolf of Wall Street. Scorsese prefers to present the story as honestly as possible without moralizing, and he respects his audience enough to allow them to form their own value judgments. This approach is similar to what he took with Goodfellas, and it will also be taken with his upcoming film Killers of the Flower Moon. Scorsese's response to the controversy surrounding The Wolf of Wall Street, although it came a decade later, emphasizes his approach to presenting stories in the most honest manner possible, which has at times been misconstrued as irrelevance.

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