THE WIZARD OF LIES REVIEWED
“The Wizard of Lies” struck me odd. It’s a sluggish made-for-TV movie that despite its pedigree feels beneath HBO’s standards. But, it also allows Robert De Niro to flex his acting muscles and do something different. Madoff isn’t a strong guy or a direct villain. He’s a financial analyst that found a way to scam the system. Couple that with being completely disconnected from real-world need and you have something very American.
It’s too easy to call Madoff a monster. He’s one of many monsters that benefits from the many loopholes and shelters that Hyper Capitalism provides. What sets Madoff apart is the fact that he dared to be bigger. Everything with his family, his famous clients and the media spotlight is just set dressing. What matters is that Madoff decided to revolutionize the way that we think of white collar crime. If Madoff would’ve waited a few years, he would’ve probably been pardoned.
Hell, he could’ve been the Treasury Secretary. But, that’s the rub of time and perspective. Evil’s still evil, it’s just how much evil are we willing to embrace.
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