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Every dream has a price.
A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider whom takes the youth under his wing.
Oh, my, this is dated. It seems the 80's will do that to a film.
I didn't expect to be blown away but I usually find Stone to be a solid director and I like Michael Douglas. Charlie Sheen is not really a good actor but I enjoyed him in Platoon so I figured maybe Stone knew how to get something worthwhile out of him. Not the case. He's pretty bad, something that is especially notable when he interacts with his father, the great Martin Sheen. He's nowhere near as bad as Daryl Hannah, though. She is terrible. Every single scene she was in she bothered me.
From a visual standpoint it's an ugly film. The cinematography is messy and unspectacular. Really the whole ordeal is beyond forgettable. The only things to enjoy is Douglas who is solid and Martin Sheen who is of course very good.
Michael Douglas is really, really great in "Wall Street." His performance is exciting, slimy, charismatic and overflowing with energy. While I can't necessarily say he deserved his Oscar win, largely because I haven't seen all the nominees from that year, the fact that he won is unsurprising. He's excellent.
It's too bad that every other performance- from a leading actor or someone with only one line- is godawful.
I had the same problem here with Charlie Sheen that I did with Charlie Sheen in "Platoon"- he just lacks screen presence. He seems so bored and uninterested in every scene, and he can't hold his own during the film's dramatic moments. One particularly demanding scene- which requires a major emotional reaction…
GREED , for the lack of a better word is good .
Greed works .
Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.
Greed is beautiful .
Greed is sexy !
I wanna marry Greed !
Oh I'm so horny right now !
TO THE FAP CAVE !
AND BY THAT I MEAN MY GORGEOUS LIMO AND YOU'RE NOT INVITED !
Douglas , his character and charm is so interesting you almost forget you have no idea what's happening for the rest of the movie . It's just hard to care .
Honorable mention : Charlie Sheen's good-hearted daddy .
Michael Douglas' deliciously sleazy Gordon Gekko rescues a rather shallow indictment of capitalist society and corporate greed. It's professionally made, entertaining and refreshing in the way it tackles a controversial subject, but Oliver Stone's Wall Street is worth watching more for its relevance in light of the recent economic crisis rather than its overall quality.
Quite enjoyed this. Didn't realise Charlie Sheen can act (I hadn't actually seen in much before!). Might seek out some more films about insider trading and the like.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What makes a character legendary? Is it the actor, the script, or is it due to some sort of movie magic? Is it an amalgam of all three? What makes a character immortal?
Maybe it's an illusion. Maybe it's Gordon Gekko.
Oliver Stone's Wall Street is superb. After the jungles of Vietnam, Stone set his focus on the concrete jungle of New York. This film is wildly good, sensationally so. A masterpiece. Many reviewers try to charge this film negatively for being a product of its era, as if a film made in the '80s is inherently awful because of the staples intrinsically aligned with the period. This is a baseless criticism and only serves to identify the reviewer's snobbish…
"Money's only something you need in case you don't die tomorrow." - Carl Fox
Wall Street basically feels like a toned down, far calmer version of The Wolf Of Wall Street. Charlie Sheen is playing a destitute man's Leonardo DiCaprio, John C. McGinley is an underused equivalent to Jonah Hill, Daryl Hannah is an unattractive version of Margot Robbie, and Michael Douglas is a far less likeable cunt version of Matthew McConaughey with a far more prominent role.
This is a good film and it is pretty enjoyable, but it looks very dated and has absolutely nothing on Martin Scorsese's masterpiece. It is no longer the definitive movie about America's most dickheaded, egocentric street.
The year was 1987. Junk bond traders like Michael Milliken were the temporary usurpers of the "concrete jungle" known as Wall Street. Milliken and his fellow raiders seem poised to change the market's infrastructure forever. That is, until they got caught. The old adage of "There is no such thing as easy money" caught up with the bandits who were up to no good, and when news of their exploits reached Wall Street, investors got weak kneed and temporarily collapsed the market in October of 1987.
Ironically, Oliver Stone was thrown part of the blame. After all, was it not his movie that was partly to blame for inciting such behavior? If not, was he not just trying to capitalize…
This is the first time I've watched this since I was a 12 year old with no understanding of the mechanics of the stock exchange. That lack of knowledge didn't stop me from enjoying it back then, much like a similar ignorance didn't get in the way of me loving Trading Places.
Revisiting it as an adult I'm struck by its poor structure and sub-standard acting.
Michael Douglas is fantastic as the amoral but charming Gecko, at once seductive and dangerous it's easy to relate to the way that Charlie Sheen's Bud Fox is so keen to fly into his flame.
Sheen himself is not so good. After managing to pull off a journey of innocence to cynicism in Platoon,…
This movie needs The Wolf!
Certainly enjoyable enough and I liked it a lot more back in the late 80s but after Scorsese tackling similar ground last year, this just pales in comparison. Stone can't help but have grandiosity, preachiness and corporate corruption at the forefront, but Sheen is not a strong enough character (or actor) to really "sell" this the whole way through. Michael Douglas is great, as expected, but overall, it peters out as it goes along and like most of Stone's films, feels too long. Definitely not as bad as Stone's latter work (no music-video style editing is always a blessing) but nothing substantial either.
No film better shows
The mindset of the '80s.
It's greed run rampant.
I'm not Oliver Stone's biggest fan, in that I don't think he's a forefront American director. I think he's a good one, but his heavy handedness has always rubbed me the wrong way, even when I think his movies are great.
Wall Street, while being better than I anticipated, showcases Stone's weakness as a writer. The characters speak in cliches, and the themes certainly get their point across through clumsy moralizing by some of the characters (Martin and Charlie Sheen's characters, that is). Also, we have several pointless characters, represented especially by Daryl Hannah, who is not a great actress. To her credit, she has nothing to work with in Wall Street. It's not necessarily a fair comparison, but I…
Gordon Gekko es antológico.
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