Critics have accused the Best Picture contender of being a reckless celebration of excess. It’s actually one of the most scathing critiques of Wall Street that Hollywood’s ever produced.
From the article:
"According to Scorsese, the American Dream is a nihilistic bacchanal where any excess is redeemed by the ability to be excessive. "Enough of this will make you invincible," Belfort says as he unrolls a $100 bill. The moral achievement of The World of Wall Street is not that is shows Belfort to be wrong - it doesn’t - rather that is asks the audience: What does it say about us if he’s right?”
This is the first review/commentary that makes me want to watch this movie. The juxtaposition between the Gekko and the Wolfe is clearly and brilliantly portrayed. A clear insight into our shifting ideas of the financial sector and capitalism.