3 Obvious Reasons Why Audiences Hate The Wolf Of Wall Street
2. Christmas Was the Wrong DateNot that Hollywood hasnít released counterprogramming on the most joyous holiday of the year. Just last season, audiences were invited to Tom Hooperís Les Miserables, a depressing musical march through several individual hardships that at least had the backing of a famous stage show in its corner. Iím guessing that audiences looking for something different this Christmas season were shocked (and possibly appalled) by the gratuitous nature of Scorseseís latest. It recently caught an Academy member by surprise.
Personally, I was prepared for extreme levels of debauchery in Wolf, and was still taken back by the amount of profanity in the directorís theatrical cut. Not that Iím a prude. Sex, violence, drug use and debauchery have a place when they are helping to make a point in a movie. Iím not sure Scorseseís Wolf has anything to say about the empty suits on the Wall Street circuitÖ at least, nothing we havenít heard before, especially in earlier Scorsese films about men who are obsessed with (and ultimately corrupted by) power. Guy Lodge says it best on InContention: "I wasn't left with much when the circus was over: its moral stance, such as it is, is laid out early on, leaving us jogging furiously in place for three hours." Audiences tended to agree.
To be honest, I'm not sure WHEN Paramount should have dropped Wolf into theaters. Perhaps in October, when controversial Oscar fare seeks approval (though Scorsese's opus wasn't ready, so NEXT October would have been the option). It's merely possible that Christmas was an odd time to unleash a sex-and-drug-fueled extravaganza.
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