The fifth Scorsese/DiCaprio collaboration is the latest in a slew of vibrant yet disenchanted depictions of American consumerism gone horribly wrong. The story of real-life-Gordon Gekko Jordan Belfort, is an all singing, all dancing, all snorting indictment of the immoral pursuit of money on 1990s Wall Street.
Already notorious for its contentious depictions of sex and drugs, the film has the rebellious air of early Scorsese and the New Hollywood, right down to the editing which refuses to play by basic continuity rules whenever anyone is high. Annoyingly, the indulgent script allows for some scenes and comedic sequences to be stretched thin, and there is a yacht-load of filler which could have easily been cut. Nevertheless, with an excellent cast headed by a bug-eyed DiCaprio as the drug-addled, prurient Belfort, and a superlative Jonah Hill, this is a riotous picture whose hefty three hour runtime zips by. That’s maximum ROI.