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Movies Watched in 2013 | Wolf of Wall Street
I have complicated and mixed feelings about this movie. It was good. The acting was phenomenal. But the misogyny and sexism of the characters sometimes felt celebratory, which made me just a tad uncomfortable. The thing I’ve noticed in all the reviews I’ve read of it so far is how much the audience you’re viewing it with can change your perspective of the message. I think if I had seen it alone, at home, I would have felt the film was condemning the grossly sexist/ableist/elitist behavior by showing how excessive it was/is, but in the theater I was in, people laughed when Jordan punched his wife in the stomach after raping her…which made me feel like the movie wasn’t getting that message across as well as it thought. Scorcese and DiCaprio say their intention was to condemn sexist and misogynistic behavior, but if, when sexists and misogynists see their own behavior depicted on screen and feel glorified, did the film really succeeded in condemning them at all?
I’m fascinated by WoWS and how varied the reactions to it have been, though. It’s worth seeing just for that — to form your own opinion on it. And did I mention how fantastic the actors were? Because they were fantastic.
For further reading I recommend:
Thoughts on Women and The Wolf of Wall Street
Can We Talk About The Rape Scene In WoWS (tw: Rape)
A Lady’s Defense of Wolf of Wall Street
An Open Letter To The Makers Of Wolf of Wall Street, And The Wolf Himself

Movies Watched in 2013 | Wolf of Wall Street

I have complicated and mixed feelings about this movie. It was good. The acting was phenomenal. But the misogyny and sexism of the characters sometimes felt celebratory, which made me just a tad uncomfortable. The thing I’ve noticed in all the reviews I’ve read of it so far is how much the audience you’re viewing it with can change your perspective of the message. I think if I had seen it alone, at home, I would have felt the film was condemning the grossly sexist/ableist/elitist behavior by showing how excessive it was/is, but in the theater I was in, people laughed when Jordan punched his wife in the stomach after raping her…which made me feel like the movie wasn’t getting that message across as well as it thought. Scorcese and DiCaprio say their intention was to condemn sexist and misogynistic behavior, but if, when sexists and misogynists see their own behavior depicted on screen and feel glorified, did the film really succeeded in condemning them at all?

I’m fascinated by WoWS and how varied the reactions to it have been, though. It’s worth seeing just for that — to form your own opinion on it. And did I mention how fantastic the actors were? Because they were fantastic.

For further reading I recommend:

wolf of wall street movies watched in 2013
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  2. athenagcsuti reblogged this from ryeisenberg and added:
    That’s more or less how I feel about it. Problematic, could have done more and better, but I still ended up loving it....
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