Film review: Rise and fall of a Wall Street predator

Still from The Wolf of Wall Street
Leonardo DiCaprio combines sleaze with charisma as rogue trader Jordan Belfort

Most films about criminals, especially ‘white collar’ ones, follow a set formula. The criminal starts out honest, but quickly realises that breaking the law is much more profitable. We are shown the ever-more audacious – and immoral – tricks he uses to build his fortune. Finally, after a brief moment in which he is able to enjoy his wealth, he is destroyed by hubris, and left [...]

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