Extra Cinema: The Wolf of Wall Street (18)

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio

Director: Martin Scorcese

BASED on the memoir of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort, The Wolf Of Wall Street is a lurid portrait of debauchery following the same misaligned moral compass as Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning 1987 drama Wall Street.

In flashback, we meet Jordan (DiCaprio) as he nervously starts a position with brokers at Rothschild, where charismatic Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey) takes him under his tailored wing.

In the aftermath of Black Monday, Jordan loses his job and is forced to sell penny stocks at a fly-by-night operation in Long Island.

Blessed with the gift of the gab, Jordan excels and decides to open his own firm, Stratton Oakmont, with salesman Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill). The business goes from strength to strength and Jordan jettisons his wife Teresa (Cristin Milioti) to romance blonde bombshell Naomi Lapaglia (Margot Robbie).

It’s all superficially attractive, but like the lurid lifestyle’s it reveals, The Wolf of Wall Street leaves a sour taste.

Rating: 7/10