Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Joanna Lumley
Director: Martin Scorsese
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.
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