On Gaining Hollow Justice

Moviegoers enjoy the escape that comes from immersing themselves in a film, and becoming enraptured in another world, another’s drama, and another not-too-complex life – so long as that life, that world, and that drama is given a solution that the viewer can gain peace of mind from. No matter how patronizing and condescending the moments immediately preceding  the ending credits may be, loose ends must not be left. This is, in part, to satisfy the completion principle. This cannot be provided to us in films like ‘The Wolf of Wall Street‘. The film is a reflection of our own inability to police our greed and punish those who take advantage of a broken system because we hope to one day be in their shoes. There is no justice nor resolution to be gained in watching the film because it is not an escape, nor a critique. It’s a beveled edged mirror with gold inlay. And that’s why it’s detested. It’s unfortunate that more don’t appreciate Martin’s unwillingness to indulge in the fantasy and simply act as they rather he direct the film.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s