20 Dec The Script Lab Review – The Wolf of Wall Street
Ill gotten riches fueled by hedonistic greed and the downward spiral that eventually follows is cinematically exemplified non-better than The Wolf of Wall Street. The fifth director/lead star paring of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, the biographical black comedy refuses to pull punches in its telling of former New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort. DiCaprio is electric as Belfort, a stockbroker who became the face of Wall Street corruption around the 90s due in part to securities fraud and money laundering through his brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont. Earning millions through his financial scams, he also lived an extremely lavish lifestyle amplified by sex, drugs, carefree opulence and even more influxes of cash. This is all before catching the eye of federal agents including Patrick Denham, convincingly portrayed by Zero Dark Thirty star Kyle Chandler. Being the opportunist he is, he would author two memoirs giving his take on events; creating the basis of the film.