The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese (2013)

172min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Martin Scorsese's fifth collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio is the closest the director has come so far to duplicating the career-defining highs of the eight films he made with his former favourite collaborator, Robert De Niro. Charting the rise and fall of high-flying New York finance executive Jordan Belfort, who became a multimillionaire in the 1990s through fraudulent share trading and stock-price manipulation, this is an exhilarating story of decadence and debauchery, made all the more thrilling by DiCaprio's charismatic and physical lead performance. Around him, Scorsese has assembled a sterling cast that keeps the demented momentum hurtling forwards, notably Jonah Hill as Belfort's larger-than-life sidekick Donnie. Together, DiCaprio and Hill create a whirlwind of havoc that recalls the hectic, cocaine-fuelled energy of GoodFellas but without the brooding, omnipresent threat of violence. Instead - unusually for a Scorsese movie - the tone is flat-out black comedy, with farcical X-rated laughs, most of them coming from Belfort's various sex and substance addictions, which perfectly offset the savagely funny, Sopranos-style dialogue.

Summary

A New York stockbroker rises from unemployment to become one of the richest men in the city's financial elite through an illegal scheme to defraud investors. His wealth brings him an outrageously debauched lifestyle, but comes at a price as the FBI become suspicious of his manipulation of the markets. Martin Scorsese's fact-based drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey.

Cast & Crew

Jordan Belfort Leonardo DiCaprio
Donnie Azoff Jonah Hill
Mark Hanna Matthew McConaughey
Naomi Lapaglia Margot Robbie
Agent Patrick Denham Kyle Chandler
Max Belfort Rob Reiner
Jean Jacques Saurel Jean Dujardin
Aunt Emma Joanna Lumley
Manny Riskin Jon Favreau
Brad Jon Bernthal
Director Martin Scorsese
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Jan 2014
Drama