Freeview film of the day: The Wolf of Wall Street

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a big player who flies too close to the sun in Martin Scorsese's uncompromising examination of greed an excess.

Wolf of Wall Street  (Sky)

The Wolf of Wall Street ★★★★★ 
9.00pm-12.30am Film4


Based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort, the eponymous Wall Street broker jailed for securities fraud and other crimes, this is a terrific black comedy drama directed by Martin Scorsese and starring in the title role his current favourite actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The story charts Belfort’s rise from naive trainee to crooked Wall Street mogul, where he and like-minded villains cheerfully fleece their investors. Theirs is a life of wild debauchery — booze, drugs, high-priced hookers, yachts and more money than they could spend, until, that is, the FBI starts investigating their business. Along the way Belfort acquires two wives (Cristin Milioti and Margot Robbie) and cheats on both. This is a film made with wit and gusto, rich language (variations on the word f*** are used 569 times) and fine acting from such as Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin and Joanna Lumley. But the standout performances are a cameo by Matthew McConaughey and DiCaprio’s portrait of an appalling but charismatic Belfort.

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