Anchored by a super-charged performance by DiCaprio (who also provides the somewhat unreliable narration), the newbie broker lands his first gig at an investment company which goes bust during the market free-fall of 1987.
Unfazed, the young man forms his own brokerage firm. Defrauding investors of fortunes, Jordan and his partners earn millions of dollars a week. Their lives soon spiral out of control in a binge of alcohol, drugs and recklessness.
Later, FBI agents cotton on to their unscrupulous dealings and their ill-gotten wealth goes up in flames. The film is at its best during the first half but loses momentum during the long-drawn running time of three hours. Though it does not measure up to GoodFellas (1990) or Casino (1995), the two previous Scorsese masterworks with which it shares thematic similarities, The Wolf of Wall Street still makes for compelling viewing.