Director Martin Scorcese pulls out all the stops in this compelling tale of the rise and fall of a financial con-artist. This true account of how Jordan Belfort obtained overnight riches and spent it all on drugs and hookers is a morality tale without a definite moral centre. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Belfort with reptilian intensity and has able support from unlikely wingman, Jonah Hill. All the Scorcese trademark motifs are present and correct. Huge tracking shots, hip soundtrack and wise guy voice overs tell us that Marty is once more at the top of his cinematic game.
As Belfort sleeps, snorts and swindles his way across the globe, his victims hardly get a look in, even when the FBI seek to bring him to justice. To Belfort, everyone is either there to be scammed or is busy running a racket, which seems to be the film's main takeaway message. If "Greed is Good" supremo, Gordon Gecko had been given a production mandate to portray the way that Wall Street works, he would have turned down this script as too far fetched. In "Wolf", we see art imitating life, imitating art to an unparalleled, yet highly entertaining degree.