Does America have a soft spot for Wall Street, and not, as Occupy protesters would have preferred, any hard feelings? For Salon
's Daniel D'addario, the answer is sadly, yes.
"America is more or less over the class resentment generated by the 2008 Wall Street crash," he writes
, as evidenced by its embrace of rich, charming playboy types in the mold of Leonardo DiCaprio in both the recent "Gatsby" and the upcoming "The Wolf of Wall Street
." In the latter he portrays Jordan Belfort, a real-life NYC fraudster convicted of cheating investors out of more than $100 million.
"There's been little acknowledgment onscreen that a financial crash even happened," he writes. "Films like 2010's 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' and 2012 'Arbitrage' both featured wealthy financiers played by glamorous leading men."
But Business Insider
's John Carney has
a different take, claiming "The Wolf of Wall Street" another in a long line of films bashing "greed" and pushing the so-called "Immoral Market Hypothesis," or the idea that capitalism is "irrational, manipulated," and only rewarding to amoral money-lovers.
He points to "American Psycho
," the cult film that portrayed an 80s Wall Street mogul as a Huey Lewis-loving homicidal maniac, as one of the worst examples.
Like all art, subjectivity weighs heavily in how someone "gets" a film's message. These Wall Street flicks would seem to bear the explicit
message that modern capitalism is morally suspect; their implicit message is that the capitalists are having all the fun.
And who doesn't want to have fun?
Via Salon and Business Insider