It has been a wild week for the inventory market, with beginner merchants from Reddit’s r/WallStreetBets subreddit battling conventional traders. The previous a number of days have been stuffed with huge swings in shares like GameStop and AMC and app-fueled drama that’s sparked a bigger debate over the character of Wall Road as a complete.
However in case you had been hoping to sit back this weekend, calm down, and luxuriate in a traditional enterprise film about shark-like traders and over-confident Wall Road executives, you’re most likely out of luck. Almost each main finance movie isn’t accessible to stream proper now within the US (at the least, not on the time of publication of this text), because of the capricious nature of the streaming market, the more and more fragmented libraries of studios, and the byzantine licensing offers that regulate what you possibly can stream and the place.
This week’s brief inventory drama have you ever hankering for The Massive Quick? You gained’t discover it on Netflix, Hulu, or HBO Max. Proper now, you can stream it with adverts on Crackle, of all providers. Paramount (which distributed the movie) could be saving it for Paramount Plus, which is set to launch in March, however that gained’t do you any good this weekend. As an alternative, your solely possibility is to purchase or lease it — which, it appears, many individuals are doing, provided that the movie has shot to the No. 3 spot on iTunes.
Perhaps the ups and downs of the inventory market reminded you extra of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Road, chronicling the rise and fall of investor Jordan Belfort. However the Paramount movie is nowhere to be discovered on any streaming platform. So until you’re keen to pony up some precise money to purchase or lease the movie (which, like The Massive Quick, is taking pictures up rental charts), you gained’t be having fun with Leonardo DiCaprio’s profanity-fueled chest-thumping both. The identical applies to 2000’s Boiler Room, which can also be absent from any streaming service.
20th Century Fox’s Wall Road is — predictably — not on Disney Plus to stream, but it surely’s additionally not accessible on Hulu or some other service. In case you are in search of a monetary movie to look at this weekend, although, the sequel, Wall Road: Cash By no means Sleeps, is on Amazon Prime. There’s additionally Margin Name, which is streaming on Peacock (for now).
However the dearth of traditional Wall Road movies isn’t a singular concern. It’s one which streaming providers have been grappling with lately, as huge gamers like Netflix and Hulu have been much less encompassing and streaming providers have targeted extra on build up libraries of authentic content material. There was the same concern throughout the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when tens of millions of viewers seeking to watch Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 movie Contagion had been annoyed that the film wasn’t available to stream anywhere.
The truth that iconic Wall Road movies will equally miss the massive second round bold traders and skeevy brief promoting is indicative of a much bigger downside with streaming in 2021, one that may doubtless proceed to worsen as an increasing number of studios proceed to reclaim their content material for their very own providers.
Then once more, it’s virtually becoming that the one technique to watch The Wolf of Wall Road or The Massive Quick this weekend is to pay just a little further money again into the massive monetary machine.