The Wolf of Wall Street

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A no-holds barred tale of ex­cess in the US money mar­kets

With a charis­mat­i­cally deca­dent Leonardo Dicaprio go­ing full throt­tle in the cen­tral role, di­rec­tor Martin Scors­ese’s giddy biopic of stock­bro­ker swindler Jor­dan Belfort has all the daz­zle and piz­zazz of his clas­sic gang­ster movies – only this time the crooks on screen are pump­ing and dump­ing worth­less stocks

rather than bod­ies. Scors­ese brings a darkly comic brio to the scenes of coke-snort­ing, hook­er­con­sort­ing, dwarf-throw­ing ex­cess. Dicaprio un­ex­pect­edly proves to be a bril­liant phys­i­cal co­me­dian and the sup­port­ing per­for­mances from the likes of Jonah Hill, Matthew Mcconaughey and, yes, Joanna Lum­ley, have real fizz. Yet the film’s sneak­ing ad­mi­ra­tion for its de­spi­ca­ble anti-hero does leave a nasty af­ter­taste. Dir: Martin Scors­ese 2013, 18, 215min

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